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Yes. I think one of the interesting things in software is the irrational amount of productivity that a small team can accomplish, but that it can only be done by doing things in a way that can never be executed by a 50 person team.

So it is possible for 3 - 10 developers to maintain a product that perhaps, would need 50 developers using fully maintainable methods. But the 3-10 developers can never produce what 500 developers can. And there's a valley of death between about 10 and 30 where you actually go backwards. With 20 developers you might accomplish less than with 10 unless you very carefully and strictly compartmentalise the team (at which point you have two teams of 10 developers that don't interact ...).




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