The importance of war rooms in times of warfare is proven for many many years now! The term “war room” is also used within the startup community and more specifically introduced in various approaches for customer and product development. Looking at a formal definition in Wikipedia, we see that:
A command center or command centre (often called a war room) is any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose. While frequently considered to be a military facility, these can be used in many other cases by governments or businesses. A command center enables an organization to function as designed, to perform day-to-day operations regardless of what is happening around it, in a manner in which no one realizes it is there but everyone knows who is in charge when there is trouble.
Put simply, if you want to work effectively and efficiently on your new ground-breaking, awesome idea with your team, you definitely need to organize a space where everything can be drawn, moved, thrown away, erased, etc. This is what a war room offers! As you will see in more detail, in this article, the basic parameters for an ideal war room are:
- Lost of surface area to write or post on,
- Dedicated to projects and not meetings,
- As many whiteboards as you can fit,
- Flexible furnitures
Here at Agro-Know we have built our own war room which is being filled gradually but steadily with battle blueprints and plans! Check out our latest photo of it, during the “black-ops-special-lean-meeting” of last week! The walls are there, ready to accept tons of notes and post-its, the furniture are completely portable and it clearly looks nothing like a formal meeting room!
If you want to set up your very own war room and you’re looking for some guidelines, we are more than willing to help you out! The only thing we cannot procure is radars and nuclear missiles… 😉