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A secret formula of an agile dream team

In one of our previous posts, we have already talked about the selection of a dedicated professional team for your project. This time, having our professional experience in selecting and shaping up the best people into a great team, we would like to emphasize on the quantity of staff and their skills level. For example, some specialists are twice as expensive as others. But it does not always mean that they are twice as useful. So, we suggest trying to figure out the formula of a ‘perfect’ team.

As we know, a great team does not necessarily cost a fortune, but, on the other hand, using the cheapest resources possible is even a worse choice. The number of professionals involved in the project should count around 7-9 people, that you should pick among the existing options. This number is ideal for working together on a large-scale project. Hiring only senior employees is not always as perfect of a solution as it seems, because a wise compromise will be more cost-effective. Also, it is common misconception, that a Senior Developer can be efficient when acting as a Project Manager: his experience and rich skill set do not necessarily mean he is good at managing others. We believe that balance of the diverse levels of expertise is crucial; for instance, a mixture of only Juniors and Middle developers might bring mediocre results, while bringing together Senior, Middle and Junior level developers will be much more efficient.

Coming from the experience of the multiple successful cases, we outlined an example of an efficient team, that would be able to perform well in the frames of the project and be of a reasonable cost. The following professionals are to be featured in the team:

• Two senior developers who will drive the project forward and mentor architecture and tech;

• Three to four mid-level developers to perform the major piece of work;

• One or two juniors who will be assigned to the simple and ‘boring’ tasks. They will need guidance from their more experienced colleagues.

Remember that stable team composure is the key, so it is not always necessary to seek only for highly skilled expensive leaders – when put together, they might not always perform to the highest standards. Our formula may not be ideal for each and every project, but it will guide you through the main pillars and the approach to the team selection. If you still have doubts, Krusche&Company will gladly assist you in forming a team that will correspond to your project’s requirements best.


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