@irontoenail - Actually one of the things I would suggest to anyone who manages a team of workers is that they should keep an eye on the latest science about team management rather than just go with their gut. There are several things I've read about lately which I wouldn't have thought were true but have been proved in studies.
For example, an open plan office is supposed to enhance team performance because it allows everyone to communicate and maybe even brainstorm together all the time. It's supposed to foster a sense of community.
But, in fact, studies have shown the opposite is true. Being subjected to people all around you while you're trying to concentrate is extremely stressful. Probably because the human brain is set up to try and pay attention to people, even if they are talking softly in the background. It wants to listen in, meaning it's very difficult to maintain focus on a piece of paper or a computer screen.
This says to me that a set up for effective team communication would involve allowing everyone their own space and then letting them come together to work on projects at specific times, rather than forcing them together all the time.