Leaving our studio in Old Street wasn't some kind of bold experiment to create a virtual office. We did it for a few practical reasons, as I mentioned in this post.
But we embraced it and made it that experiment. I personally didn't dig it. I like a place to plant myself, to have banter and 'maker's time' with the makers.
What did we learn through this "experiment":
- Going virtual with a forming team is hard
- Having scheduled sessions and meet-ups was key, so we could regroup
- Because London is the place where a lot of our clients are, we need a place there to return to - bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop between meetings made us feel like urban hitchhikers
- We had a virtual HQ set-up, but we missed the Head Quarters part of this
- Some of us are better suited to virtual than others :)
- You can bootstrap a refurbishment if you have the right focus and people
Now, the refurbishment is almost done; some new tables and a new working set-up are coming. We want to move from a desk-based world to a vibrant place of work.
Old Street, or the "Silicon Roundabout", remains a vibrant place of growth and so I am pleased to go back.
So we return...and we do it gladly.