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Thanks for the insights. The size of the team (whether in-house, in-country, or across the globe) has also been weighing on my mind lately. I've read that book, and I am convinced that we'll get diminishing overall productivity from each new developer we add. But we're stuck in a place where we need to try something: the business is demanding more productivity, and of course wants it at minimal cost. I think my new boss gets that, and that's why he extended the offer for this "extra" help. I will definitely go back and check out the pages you pointed out. Outsourcing or multi-site development wasn't even on my mind back when I read the book, so I had forgotten that there was specific data about it in that model.
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by mr_mischief (Monsignor) on Jul 23, 2008 at 20:30 UTC
    One of the best ways to increase productivity in a small-team environment is to get rid of the one joker who keeps sucking up the time of the other members or who never adds any value to the team. If you don't have one of those, then you're lucky. If you do, then cut the position or replace the team member. If you're that person, stop being that person before they get rid of you or replace you. ;-)