It was getting a little cramped around these parts so we decided to bite the bullet and get some more space. We really value having good space. To us, good space is a place I want to spend time. Good space gives developers the privacy they need to work, while enabling serendipitous cross pollination. Good space is located in the right place. Good space is hard to find.
Fortunately for us, we didn’t need to look far. The office two doors down came up for lease and we jumped on it while we had the chance. For now, we have half our people down there on the “West side” and the other half back here in the original spot on the “East side”. The split office has worked out well so far, but we’re still looking for that perfect permanent solution that will bring us back together. For now though, we have an excellent source of rivalry for inter-office sporting competitions.
Deciding how to split people up across our “campus” was an interesting process. We had two schools of thought:
1) Keep people who work together near each other so they can easily share ideas and pick up on side conversations.
2) Separate people and force them to walk back and forth between offices to make sure we still feel like one company.
We opted for #2. So far it seems to be working well.
The painters we hired transformed the West side from the blandest office you’ve ever seen into something to admire (let us know if you want their names):
I didn’t think they’d be able to make it look cooler than the East side, but somehow they did…and since I’m on the East side, they’re coming back to see if they can spruce this place up as well!