Team Size and Productivity

Here is a great article on InfoQ about team size and productivity. The basic idea is that a small team, supported by excellent tools and techniques will always do better than a large team. One aspect of this that isn’t mentioned in the article, but which figures prominently in “The Mythical Man-Month” is the idea of communication overhead. It is impossible to house a large team in a team room and therefore communication cycle times, effectiveness and frequency also become a substantial factor.


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