This is an awesome, awesome piece in Wired about the production of Toy Story 3.
It’s as much about creating a movie as it is about a team which knows each other and works well together.
A choice bit is when producer Darla Anderson is quoted as saying:
“Walking to the bathroom or getting a cup of coffee is often the most productive part of my day. You bump into somebody by accident and then have a conversation that leads to a fix.”
It reminds me a lot of Google culture, and why the unofficial “rule” is that Googlers should never be more than 150 feet away from a microkitchen.
It’s not only about delicious snacks (which it partially is). As this article proves, it’s not just some cliche team-building thing…it is what helps the Pixar team collaborate, and the effect at Google is no different.