Archives for category: flexibility

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By Peter Bacevice,
How often does a fast growing entertainment start-up company hang out with your team? Has a sustainable food blogger enlightened you over lunch, or has a fashion designer inspired your upcoming summer look with a virtual runway? It is accepted wisdom that creativity stems from chance encounters. In some organizations, chance encounters are often embedded in routines among colleagues. At best, you might run into someone you haven’t seen in a while as you grab coffee. But a new workplace trend will ensure that you encounter some radically different people and ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Amy Kwok
“Agile, Scrum, Scrummaster.” At first utterance it may sound like a Dungeons and Dragon game but once you get into what agile development really is, it’s really not that foreign and can actually be kind of cool.

In layman’s terms, agile development is about different methods and processes of working which was initially created by software developers in their daily work processes and work with teams. Here in San Francisco and being surrounded by the tech industries, it is no wonder that we’re finding that other groups and industries beyond the tech world are starting to adopt agile development techniques as part of their way of working. Read the rest of this entry »

photo: Chris Doss Photography

By Pete Bacevice
Many cool things have been “popping up” lately in DEGW’s New York office.  After writing about “pop up businesses” and “organizational agility” in recent blog posts, we decided to get some first hand exposure to these trends by importing some if it to our space.

We partnered with Teknion to create a “pop-up” interactive zone in our space to serve as a gathering spot and focal point for our recent office open house.  With an RSVP list of nearly 100 people, we wanted to see how quickly our office could be transformed from a workplace to a social venue.  With only a few weeks of lead time, Teknion designed, shipped, and assembled a lounge seating system specifically for this event.  We are continuing to pilot this system for different events and uses, and we will post updates to this blog in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

By Dinesh Acharya
Recently I attended the CoreNet  event in New York that explored “The Talent Pool & Real Estate: How the Workforce Continues to Drive Location Decisions. The following blog stems from that discussion:

In today’s knowledge economy and with new ways of working, workplace location can be as important as workplace facilities, if not more so. An issue from a tenant perspective are matters of cost, convenience, corporate image and resiliency in addition to meeting the preferences of the next generation of workers, many of who value their lifestyle options as highly as their career options.

Combined with the increasing competition for talent globally, many leading edge companies are using their location, workplace and corporate cultures as key tools in recruiting and retaining the right people. Read the rest of this entry »

By Bryant Rice
I love whiteboards. Of course I enjoy eliciting, prioritizing, editing thoughts from colleagues or outside groups, but I also enjoy reading them. I think whiteboards are the pictographs of modern life. Lascaux modernized. Read the rest of this entry »

photo: Interior Design Magazine

By Katie Boothroyd
The UNWIRED WORKTECH11 Conference was held this fall at the new Nokia workplace in Sunnyvale, California. Many experts in their respective fields came to discuss and learn about topics including the future of the workplace and spatial considerations, what’s important for attracting and retaining talent, and how to “rationally” integrate virtual and mobile working into one’s work schedule.

This was my first time attending a WORKTECH conference so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Below are a few “take-a-ways” from the event: Read the rest of this entry »

Attending upcoming IFMA, NeoCon East or CoreNet events?  We are too. Check out what DEGW experts have to say about telecommuting and flexible workplace myths, improving workplace quality while decreasing its footprint, going mobile, and strategic portfolio planning & alternative workplace strategies. We hope to see you there!

DEGW @ IFMA

Dispelling the Myths of a Telecommuting + Flexible Workplace Program
Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 8-9am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Jeffrey Martin, TIAA-CREF

DEGW @ NeoCon East

Living the Future: How to Improve Workplace Quality While Decreasing its Footprint
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | 9:30-10:30am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Kevin Kelly, Senior Architect, Center for Workplace Delivery, GSA-PBS

DEGW @ CoreNet Global Summit

Going Mobile! SNAP Session
Monday, November 7, 2011 | 2:30-4pm
Speakers: Bryant Rice, Director, DEGW; Dawn Birkett, Real Estate Porfolio Manager, Salesforce.com

Reducing the Risks of Unpredictability: Strategic Portfolio Planning & Alternative Workplace Strategies
Monday, Nov 7, 2011 | 11-12:30am
Speakers: Bernice Boucher, Director, DEGW; Amy Trulson, Regional Workplace Strategist, Americas, Microsoft; Ryan Doerfler, Director, GSA Public Buildings Service; Kim Vanderland, Director, Workplace Innovation, Capital One; Christian Bigsby, SVP Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK

By Dave Collins
“We’re smart apes to develop a society that keeps us indoors on warm summer days”
-anonymous

What if we all worked outside? That is to say, what if the roof and walls of our office buildings were suddenly vaporized and we found ourselves exposed to the breeze and birds? Could we still be productive? Would we still be able to spell check our memos, to pivot our tables, to mail merge our contacts? Would we be blinded by the glare on our laptops?

Let’s say hypothetically for a minute that we live in a climate with ideal weather. Let’s call this place “California”. Let’s also say that we have access to a wireless modem, smartphone, laptop computer and backup rechargeable batteries. What would stop us from working outside all day, every day? Read the rest of this entry »

By Bryant Rice
Late June, the Wall Street Journal did a story on the “dream office” titled “Designs to make you work harder”. They challenged 4 design firms to create a 15 by 15 foot space for a midlevel manager.

225 square feet for a mid-level manager? That’s a big office…one that usually has a sofa or conference table in addition to a desk. What kind of mid-level manager? What do they do? How do we know they need 225 square feet?

Each firm defined their client, and responded with spaces that had a lot of glass and opened onto the other office spaces. . .I guess for “the low level managed”. They were all “multi-purpose” and available for use when the manager was out. Beyond that, it bore no resemblance to the desires or practices that I see my clients  grappling with here in Silicon Valley. Read the rest of this entry »

By Katie Boothroyd
Recently, DEGW has heard from two Federal Agencies that we’ve worked with on strategic requirements development over a year ago; they are finally ready to implement an approach similar to the ideas regarding better space efficiency and utilization, more collaboration space and desk sharing we initially recommended.  With the falling economy and greater pressure to do something different with the workplace, Federal Agencies and private organizations, like our client Microsoft, are reconsidering more progressive and innovative workplace strategies. We’re excited that they are going to make a bigger change, but why didn’t they choose the more progressive solution in the first place? And how can we get organizations to see that they don’t need a mandate or a massive slash in funding to do something good for their people and good for the environment?  Show them it’s been done before and let them test it out.

You probably wouldn’t be comfortable buying a house without walking through it first or buy a car without test driving it.  Organizations should “test drive” workplace environments and here are some ways I’ve recently seen it done with success: Read the rest of this entry »