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Does a team of developers need a manager?

Background: I'm currently part of a team of four: 1 manager, 1 senior developer and 2 developers. We do a range of bespoke in-house systems / projects (e.g. 6-8 weeks) for an organisation of around ...
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3answers
190 views

Under which circumstances will development advance faster with many contributors compared to few?

I saw an interview with Joel Spolsky, where he says that Fog Creek Software intentionally keep their teams small (I believe as in four-five guys). The reason for this is to avoid a lot of the ...
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6answers
437 views

Can a small team enter .NET world while most of them are working on OpenSource languages?

We are a team of about 15 employees, in a non-IT enterprise. Today, we mainly develop websites, using PHP, MySQL, etc. We run a bit less than 100 linux servers on ourselves. But today, we are ...
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2answers
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Are there any studies of cross-functional teams vs. domain-based teams (e.g. project-based vs. software/mechanics/etc)?

I work in an organization which creates many integrated systems products - i.e. it is complete products with mechanical/system/electronics/software being designed and manufactured. At the moment most ...
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2answers
121 views

When practicing collective code ownership, can there be experts of each component?

Consider a complex and extensive software component; for example a multi-language text rendering engine, an IPC framework, a scheduler that can handle multiple time zones, a module full of ...
6
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2answers
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Static teams or dynamic teams?

Is it better to assemble permanent teams of developers within the company that always work together, from project to project, or is it better to have dynamic teams that assemble for a project, and ...
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3answers
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How do you organize a medium-sized team with a very large, older codebase?

There are already few questions here on Programmers about organizing small teams, but we have a bigger (medium-sized?) team, and that's a bit of a different animal. So, my question is this: How do ...
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6answers
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What is a “cross-functional team” actually?

The general meaning of "cross-functional team" is a team which combines specialists in different fields that are required to reach the goal. But it looks like in Agile cross-functionality means not ...
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11answers
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Is individual code ownership important?

I'm in the midst of an argument with some coworkers over whether team ownership of the entire codebase is better than individual ownership of components of it. I'm a huge proponent of assigning every ...
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3answers
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What is the ideal mix of senior to junior developers on a team?

On any team, you are going to have the need for more grizzled and grey developers and some young pups. Some reasons include: Money. There are often tasks that don't require the same level of ...
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3answers
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What are some good office-layout guidelines for a small development team? [closed]

Our office is moving soon and we have the opportunity to redesign our office space. We have five developers and a couple of testers, working with a project manager, and a business analyst. I'd like ...
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4answers
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Should we move programmers between rooms to group them by project they're involved in?

Assume that a company runs several projects simultaneously. When a project reaches certain state (is completed, beta is shipped, etc) some people move to the other projects, then to the other, ad ...