I often get asked to visit agile teams—delivering some ad-hoc training and taking a look about. Usually I’m asked to do an informal assessment and share improvement feedback—framing the visit as part get to know each other session and part agile assessment. A short while back I visited a team. They’d been doing agile (mostly Scrum) for quite a while and considered themselves relatively mature in their adoption.
Right away, when I got off the elevator, I noticed that their environment was open and airy; so very conducive to collaborative agile teams. There were rolling whiteboards all about and small groups of people were talking and pairing all over the place. Even the managers were sitting out in open space.