In a previous post, we discussed the benefits of colocation to a scrum development team. Now that we have established why you want a war/team room, let’s dive into what your war room should entail.
A war room provides the following:
- a dedicated location where the team can work
- a location that is isolated from others within the business to reduce distractions
A war room has the following:
- Plenty of wallspace to hold whiteboards, corkboards, and other collaborative tools
- Plenty of electrical outlets to support all the computers, monitors and other electronic equipment
- Appropriate lighting (harsh fluorescent light is not ideal)
- Storage space for personal belongings (since team members will not have cubes to store their gear in)
- Small refrigerator to store soda or other beverages (reduces the need for runs to the kitchen or conveniene store)
- Appropriate temperature controls
A war room does not have the following:
- Walls or cubicles separating the team members
- Adjoining noisy neighbors or busy hallways
Those are the basics of what a war room should entail. If you have features that have worked well in your experience please leave a comment so that others may benefit.