Strategic Facilities Planning

I published my second book earlier this month, Strategic Facilities Planning, available as an eBook at Kindle. Here is the link to the book:

Strategic Facilities Planning book link

Strategic Facilities Planning is the art and science of the marriage of strategic planning and facilities. Strategic Facilities Planning is much, much more than Facilities Planning, the common practice of documenting a set of user requirements to serve as the basis for a design project. It is a unique field within Strategic Planning, one where, if performed successfully, can result in facilities and spaces that don’t just met a set of requirements, but actually can change and improve workspaces that are aligned with an organization’s goals and objectives.
This book incorporates the author’s 25 years of experience of corporate real estate, facilities planning and facilities management, along with best practices and insights that he gained in the practice of Strategic Facilities Planning. This book is intended for both facilities professionals who are interested in taking their career to a higher, more strategic level, as well as organizational leaders who are interested in implementing Strategic Facilities Planning into their organization.

The Workplace Is Not Dead

Here is a nice article from Forbes that describes the positive changes that are going on in the workplace. Finally, work places are being designed for people, not machines. While technology organizations (think data centers and R&D labs) will always be designed with equipment in mind first, at least companies and other leading organizations now understand that you need to design space for people to attract and retain talent, improve collaboration and productivity.

Click on link below for full article:

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Designing a “Free-Range” Workplace

I love the analogy of work place to free animals that Leigh makes. I have felt this way for years. Plus now I really want to read “Sapiens”, which I have requested from my Library.

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I can’t stop talking about the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankindby Yuval Noah Harari.  I reference it like I used to talk about Guns, Germs and Steelby Jared Diamond.  It’s just so comprehensive, and so juicy that it can fit into any conversation.  I won’t give too much away, but there is a part in the book where Harari talks about the Agriculture Revolution (ca. 10,000 years ago) that struck me.  He isn’t all that crazy about it.  Most historians emphasize that this point in time was a really good thing for humans.  We didn’t have to roam around hunting, gathering and foraging, thinking about “what’s for dinner”  all the time.  With domesticated plants and animals, our ancient cities were born, along with increased crop yields, drought tolerance, and easier harvests.  The human population exploded globally, so at least from a “perpetuation of our species” perspective, times were really good. …

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