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I am yet to see a team of 100 successfully working on the same problem. I've seen large codebases that solve lots of different problems with 100's of people working on it at the same time, but this isn't the same thing.

My point is, if you are on the second situation, you can very likely split your people into different teams, facing different trade-offs and with a formal (but not static) interface between their code. So if you can get a 10 people team with the productivity of a 100 people team, but unable to scale further, well, you will face the same problem on the 100 people team, and can apply the same kind of solution to both. The only difference is that you are saving 90 people.

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