Useful Construction Materials

Although these tools would likely be easy to find in an office before the 1980s, it is uncommon to find them lying around today. I recommend ordering them in advance, as you will probably find them useful during the first couple days of an agile team’s existance.

Vinyl Chart Tape

Vinyl chart tape is remarkably difficult to find in your average brick and mortar office supply store. You will sometimes find the paper masking tape style, which is a very poor choice for use on a dry-erase board. It is also relatively expensive unless you buy it online in bulk.

Here are a few I have ordered in the past. There is nothing special about this brand. They all seem rather generic. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are all made in the same factory somewhere.

Other Items

Post-it brand poster-sized pads

Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Canary Yellow, 10 Pads/Pack, 90 Sheets/Pad (654-10SSCY)

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Multi-Use, .94-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll

Measuring Tools

IRWIN Tools 1050 Magnetic I-beam Level, 72-Inch

Stanley 33-726 8m/26-Feet by 1-1/4-Inch FatMax Metric/Fractional Tape Rule

Staedtler® Engineers’ Printed Scale

Long Straight Edge

Having a simple, long straight edge handy can be very useful. There is nothing special about the specific brand choice here. You are likely to find that only a few companies make the longer straight edges.

Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms

People have successfully created very effective information management systems using very old-school techniques. If you find yourself in London, it is well worth the time to visit Churchill’s cabinet war rooms for a great example of effective information radiator design.