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Typically, the tough part about space planning is dealing with the constraints: walls, power and network hardlines. They are literally the barriers that you need to break down. But don’t view these as obstacles; instead, see them as opportunities to get creative.
Think about what you’ll need in your space and how you’d design it to make it the most convenient space for you. Believe it or not, your greatest resource when it comes to the space design is your employees. They know what they need, so just do what they tell you.
When Rally Software adopted their lean layout, they had some different approaches to dealing with the physical barriers. To solve the wall problem, they decided to have “T-walls” built. These are t-shaped walls on wheels that come in a variety of heights. Some have transparent portions — like windows — and others have white boards built in. To handle the power and network challenges, they ran power grids on the ceiling, from which they could drop lines anywhere they were needed. They implemented their ideas through prototypes, where members of the team could work and give feedback on how each idea functioned in a real world scenario.

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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