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Creating the collaborative workplace

This article in Harvard Business Review caught my eye recently.  It talks about how Citrix have created a collaborative workspace where its people can meet and “be creative”.

Originally intended for “design teams”, more and more non-design teams — such as human resources and engineering — are now using the space to brainstorm, hold quick stand-up meetings and for collaboration.

There are lots of “visual management” approaches embedded in this collaborative workspace.  It looks like it was a bit of an act of faith in setting it up, but has paid off.

We all know that “old-fashioned” buildings where managers are hidden away from their teams in separate offices aren’t great for encouraging collaboration, but this Citrix example makes a big step forward from the more conventional approach of “open plan” offices with meeting rooms.  I wonder how many other organisations are thinking creatively like Citrix when it comes to designing their new office buildings.

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