I’m in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to speak at the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference. If you ever imagined what an “Agile” company looked like, I think I am looking at it right now. I’m blogging today from Atomic Object. The exterior of the 100 year-old building is very unassuming. Upon entering the building, I’m greeted by several dogs. Yes, like in man’s-best-friend dogs. They give me the once-over and allowed me to pass. I walk past a wall with mountain bikes and walk upstairs to discover a truly Agile workspace.
The floors are a light wood and the workspace is wide open. There is plenty of natural light. In the middle of the room is a functioning stop light. It’s exactly what I thought it was. It’s an information radiator to indicate if the build is broken or not. Fortunately, the light is green. I’m now sipping on a freshly brewed cup of black coffee and enjoying web access. There are almost as many whiteboards as there are approachable friendly people.
I know you should not judge a book by its cover. But, if I’m looking for a book on Agile, I would have a few expectations. This place and the people working here exceed those expectations.