Over a million developers have joined DZone.
{{announcement.body}}
{{announcement.title}}

Programmer Interrupted – The Quiet Suffering in Open Floor Offices [Comic]

DZone's Guide to

Programmer Interrupted – The Quiet Suffering in Open Floor Offices [Comic]

It turns out that the latest office solution to more creative environments might not be the most ideal situations for developers.

· Agile Zone ·
Free Resource

Whatever new awaits you, begin it here. In an entirely reimagined Jira. 

Programmers Hate Open Floor Plans

Theoretically, open floor offices are a good idea. Sharing a spacious room would ideally provide a stage to plant fruitful discussions, develop & brainstorm ideas spontaneously and solve problems together.

Practically, however, many have a hard time concentrating in an open office – hence many sit there with headphones and listen to white noise to abstain from the distraction. As Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stackoverflow puts it, “programming is a solitary activity, and developers don’t benefit from overhearing conversations.”

This is why Spolsky grants every programmer his or her own office with natural light at his three companies. If you are lucky enough to work at Stack Overflow, Trello, and Fog Creek Software, you will have an office environment where you will be able to “keep more things in your brain at once” – without the aid of headphones.

The Headquarter of Interrupted Programmers

Au contraire to Facebook, where one shares an office with over 900 other employees. While Facebook is convinced having created the ultimate, most amazing place for developers, many coders wouldn’t ever want to work there, see this lively Reddit discussion for instance:

reddit, open office, nightmare


Where do you work? How do you deal with an open office? Leave us a comment here!

New roadmaps, more flexible boards, and dozens of new integrations. And that's just the beginning.  

Topics:
agile ,open office ,comic ,dev life

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}