In software development (and I imagine in other fields) it is reasonably common for a small team to temporarily relocate into a single office or conference room for a few days in order to make progress on a particular project. The goal is typically to reduce distractions, improve communication and gain momentum, while making it clear to other employees that these folks shouldn't be disturbed unless absolutely necessary.
What do you call such an arrangement? I'd like to do some research about best practices and such, but without a name for the concept, that is proving rather difficult.
- This is not a "war room". As I understand it, the goal of a war room is to get major decision makers in the same space so that important or time-sensitive decisions can be made face-to-face and/or in real time. This is about actually getting work done, not about making decisions.
- The arrangement may be put in place by management or organised by the team themselves.
- Team members may be made exempt from some or all of their everyday duties, especially meeting attendance.
- Meals and/or snacks may be provided by the company to encourage folks to hang around so that momentum and conversations can keep going during breaks.
- There isn't an expectation of extra working hours. The goal is to give the project a boost by making more efficient use of normal work hours.
- This isn't a Death March to complete a project. This may come at the beginning, end or middle of a project.
Thank you for all the responses. From the results, I think it's pretty safe to say there is no generally agreed upon term for this concept, which honestly comes as quite a surprise to me. People love naming things, especially business and development practices.