2
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1answer
129 views

Scaling of productivity as a function of the team size [closed]

Are there any kind of, even if rough, estimates how productivity scales with the number of programmers? (And, ideally, backed by numbers.) Here, by productivity I mean the inverse of time that is ...
8
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3answers
632 views

Do code style guides increase productivity? [duplicate]

Our team of 12 is currently considering implementing a style guide. The question came up if long term productivity benefits outweigh the short term productivity loss as everyone adapts. What has been ...
19
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4answers
869 views

More productive alone than in a team? [closed]

If I work alone, I used to be superproductive, if I want to be. Running prototypes within a day, something that you can deploy and use within a few days. Not perfect, but good enough. I also had this ...
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1answer
264 views

Productivity enhancing development strategies for small teams

I think one of the best ways to learn and become a better programmer is to share knowledge gained from working on personal or work projects with others. One way to do this at the workplace is to set ...
8
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3answers
181 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 ...
11
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7answers
509 views

Will giving new recruits a separate subproject from experienced developers help the newbies ramp up more quickly?

We have 7 developers in a team and need to double our development pace in a short period of time (around one month). I know there is a common sense rule that "if you hire more developers, you only ...
5
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1answer
385 views

Any good planning tool or method for managing several competing projects?

I look for a tool or a "best practice" whose focus is on managing how the current staff of programmers can get assigned and re-assigned to different projects depending on changing priorities. Progress ...
14
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5answers
487 views

Are my team's processes out of control?

I'm a software dev team leader (I recently took control of a new team), and ultimately responsible for maintaining high productivity, good quality and organized priorities. I have 6 senior developers ...
7
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5answers
313 views

Where is the golden mean between language monoculture and polyculture?

My company has been using Java (as a language and a platform) for many years. We have lots of products varying greatly in size, purpose and complexity. Whatever the requirements, the answer is always ...
6
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1answer
537 views

Real-time collaborative text editing (ie gdocs) - is it a viable software development tool?

"Google Docs" allows for real-time, collaborative document editing. Multiple document viewers are able to simultaneously read and change a document's content so that one user's updates are instantly ...
13
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9answers
375 views

If you could implement one change in a development team, what would it be? [closed]

The goal is to compile a list of best practices for a development team. This can be anything from management techniques to software that make the team more productive. Please keep one suggestion per ...
12
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2answers
738 views

Have you tried programming via Collaborative Text Editing? [duplicate]

Lately I've been experimenting with using a collaborative text editor (or plugin such as NppNetNote for Notepad++) for two or more partners to edit source code. I've been met with unexpected success, ...