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part sevenRunning a SoftwareBusiness

twenty-sevenBIONIC OFFICE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2003

Well.

That took rather longer than expected.

We have, finally, moved into the new Fog Creek office at 535 8th Avenue, officially ten months after I started pounding the pavement looking for a replacement for my grandmother's old brownstone where we spent our first few years, working from bedrooms and the garden.

Most software managers know what good office space would be like, and they know they don't have it and can't have it. Office space seems to be the one thing that nobody can get right and nobody can do anything about. There's a ten-year lease, and whenever the company moves, the last person anybody asks about how to design the space is the manager ...

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