The corporate workplace has gone through different stages over time, providing workers with a variety of space types and encouraging them to move inside – and outside – the office. We encourage people to use a variety of spaces (individual, collaborative, open, and enclosed) instead of a single desk. If the person is at the center, this is an “eccentric” model, as illustrated below.
Designing for agile teams requires a slightly different approach. Space must support the fluid nature of agile work and the team as a key component, as opposed to the traditional linear and individual approach to work and place. For an agile team, proximity is key. The most important area is the team space — that is the home for the tribe, helping foster a sense of identity and cohesion. All support spaces – conference rooms, amenities, and services – should be brought as close as possible to the team to help them switch to a different activity, display and celebrate their progress, or simply relax.
More industries are embracing and supporting agile teams, recognizing that this way of working has the potential to accelerate innovation and collaboration, with a heightened focus on the customer. While the physical workplace may vary, the future of work is agile, and, it is here to stay.