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Apple Mothership

by Dan Meyer


Act One

  • Dan Meyer

    Dan Meyer

    January 17, 2012

    How many square feet does each employee get?

  • 1.

    What's a guess you know is too high?

  • 2.

    What's a guess you know is too low?

  • 3.

    Use masking tape to draw a box around you to show how many square feet you think each employee would need to work comfortably.

Act Two


  • Let's say you're on the fourth floor of the building and you want to talk to your co-worker on the exact opposite side from you on the same floor.

  • 5.

    Is it faster to walk around the fourth floor or to go down to the ground floor, walk across, then take the elevator up?

  • We made the assumption earlier that every square inch of floor space was used for employees. In the attached floor plan we find out that's not the case.

  • FileFloor plan
  • 6.

    Does this mean that our calculation for area per employee is too high or too low?

  • 7.

    Recalculate it. In reality, how many square feet will each employee get?

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