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Take the time to make the space yours, and have fun in the process.
When Rally Software first moved into their space, Stolt asked the architects to put his team’s desks and chairs in a pile in the corner. Though it was met with some hesitation, on move-in day, their desks, chairs and computers were there, carefully piled in the corner. They also had their t-walls and power grids ready to go. Remember when you built forts as a kid? According to Stolts, that’s pretty much what this was like. Teams started arranging desks and chairs and getting computers set up. After a few hours of fort building, the teams were able to start working. “It was great to be able to get up and running so quickly, and reinforced the value of the flexible office components that we had chosen,” says Stolt.

Organizations, both large and small, are going lean. Adopting a lean approach, however, is a huge cultural shift, one that can’t be done overnight. Organizations need to find a starting point that allows them to gradually introduce this new way of streamlining activities into their business. According to Steve Stolt, product owner at Rally Software, one successful, though unexpected, place to start is the office layout.

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