I was curious about how much an optimally sized, fully self-sufficient, highly talented software development team would cost. So, I decided to collect some data and find out. It turns out that such a team in Los Angeles costs a bit over $1.1 million per year.
Imagine that you’re tasked with recruiting a development team to build a new product. What would that team look like? How big would it be? Who would be on it?
There is an old saying in basketball that you can’t teach height. For most basketball positions, having a few inches on your competition helps, sometimes a lot. Being a natural athlete helps too. So, basketball GMs try to draft the tallest, most athletically gifted players they can. The rest can be taught.
Our technology team been forever searching for a good way to capture knowledge (things like discussions, ideas, tips & tricks, technical documentation, etc). Seems simple, yet a good system to capture all this knowledge proved to be surprisingly elusive.
People often say that a good indicator of a healthy team is the willingness of its members to give feedback (and vice versa). Let’s parse this out.