So, I was finally able to convince the little company that I work for that it would be advantageous to get everyone together in an office. Since moving into the office two weeks ago, the pace of development has increased tenfold. Having everyone with shouting distance makes all of the little questions that could bring development to a halt go away. It was the best move we could make at this time.
There has been a lot of discussion about the ability of information workers to be geographically dispersed. I think with the right setup that can work, but if there isn’t very strong management and seperation of responsibilities, then it can cause things to grind to a halt.
In the early stages of a startup when there is a whole lot of collaboration going on, you just can’t beat getting everyone in the same room.