I am in the middle of getting office space for a development team (I have experience doing this a couple of other times). I feel the physical environment plays a big role in a development team's productivity and emotional well-being. The elements that are important in a good office environment for developers include: allowing work to be done without visual and audible distractions, good lighting, lots of windows to let in sunlight, proper lighting, and so on.
I know a number of programmers who scoff at this idea that the office environments makes a difference and feel that it's only important if you aren't neck deep in your code. What do you think?
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.