If you like your physical work environment, would you be willing to tell me about it and maybe send me a photo that I can show our designers. (I mean?furniture and space designers, not web designers.)
Context: We are in the process of designing a new space for student teams to do agile software development work. Last time, I asked for an agile bull-pen space much like Google's four person pods, but the designers just couldn't understand it. This time, I want to bring them pictures. Instead of designing what I want the students to have, I thought I'd turn to this meetup for suggestions on what you find helpful in industry.
From my perspective, a productive work environment includes elements from the physical environment, the emotional component, the technology infrastructure component, as well as incentives and inhibitors to getting work done. If you have stories or tidbits about these other components, I'd love to hear them too.
Director of Software Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Silicon Valley Campus
Developing Software Leaders (TM)