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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition by Tim Lister, Tom DeMarco

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13. Taking Umbrella Steps

For this final chapter on the office environment, we look into characteristics of an ideal workplace, trying to shed some light on concerns such as these:

• What kind of space would support your workers best to make them comfortable, happy, and productive?

• What form of work space would make these workers feel best about themselves and about their work?

If you work in a typical, noisy, and dreadfully uniform corporate space, such questions may seem almost cruel. But thinking about ideal space is worthwhile. Someday, you may be in a position to make it happen. Even today, you may be called upon to provide some input to the process of workspace improvement. It’s sensible to indulge yourself a bit on the subject of space, ...

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