Model: Ideal Team Size

July 1st, 2019

What is the ideal team size? Agile answer is 7+-2


 

 

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inner circle

3-5

very close friends or family members

sympathy group

7-10

close friends who care about each other's fate

hunting group

30-50

collegues who care about each other's fate

-how much it takes to achieve a goal

clan

100-150

people who maintain stable inter-personal relationships

-everybody knows eachother

-peer pressure works

tribe

500-2500

people who speak the same language or dialect

 


 

 

 

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go modular

remove dependencies - also in codebase


 

 

 

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That's how many it takes to bring a project like this to the market.


 

 

 

[ ] Book: Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull

how Pixar managed to have great teamwork in big team ~200

 

When you get bigger than 7+-2

you still wanna have one team

maybe multiple sub-teams

but only 1 team goal

nobody succeeds unless that one succeeds

 

(src: Video: The Scaling Dilemma - Mary Poppendieck)