Smaller Project Teams Are More Productive

Smaller Project Teams Are More Productive

Smaller Project Teams Are More Productive

Too Much of a Good Thing  On average, companies overstaff software projects by 39%.

At one time or another, almost all information technology professionals have heard cries for more resources. They may even have been the one asking for help. "If only there were more people available for this project," they've said, "then maybe it would get done on time." Well, it turns out that more staffing is not the equivalent of optimal staffing. In fact, smaller project teams are more productive and can complete projects cheaper and faster than larger ones, according to a recent study from software life cycle consultancy Quantitative Software Management. That should be good news for IT departments that have seen their ranks depleted in recent years. Known for its database of more 10,000 validated software projects, QSM analyzed some 3,000 projects to determine what staffing levels translate to optimized cost per effort and schedule. Projects were grouped based on their number of equivalent source lines of code, with the smallest being less than 5,000 lines of code and the largest being more than 50,000 lines.


Tony has been writing about technology and business for nearly 20 years and is a contributing writer to Baseline.

eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.