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Myth: "Open offices leads to massive collaboration"

Reality: 2 people collaborates loudly, 30 others have to wear headphones to get anything done

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  • 10
    I effin hate openspace. I actually don't mind having a team sitting together. That makes sense - but everyone in a huge room is just a noisefest
  • 2
    I hate it
  • 1
    So true.
  • 3
    So true. But, I really like it. Those who want privacy for whatever amount of time grab a conference room, or use headphones. Because we are a startup, and we need to exchange ideas a lot. It works well. Maybe because we are 30 people right now. Might be an issue when we are 70.
  • 1
    @youprat
    We are 65, it sucks
  • 3
    We have 150-160 per open area. Lots of noise and distraction. I just love it when a team decides to have their stand-up right behind me. How can I read DevRant?
  • 0
    @xinuxunil to the devRant problem, I saw a project in the community projects where you navigate the feed as a JSON (people around you will think you're "the JavaScript guy")...
  • 0
    About the openspace, I like to work with my headphone... Working with a bunch of people or alone, I'm always with my headphones (sometimes it's not playing anything, but it's always on)...
  • 0
    Damn openspaces...
  • 1
    @Eldius Hmmmm. I'm a DBA, and I'm working on a Hadoop PoC. That might work.
  • 2
    Indeed but..since programmer's life is a bit lonely, being around people, even if u have to wear headphones to retain privacy, can make your working experience more pleasant, feeling not so isolated. U could say it's the programmer's way to socialize :p
  • 0
    @MindTrap I've never saw this way... I'm socializing even with my headphones...
  • 0
    Openspace is a good thing, but not for devs. I once worked at a company where all the devs from different projects sit together with support, operations, design and sales. ~70-80 people. Imagine the background noise.
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