I keep wondering what the right size for teams is. It is common sense that a person alone is never as effective as a team. The reason is simple: When we are alone, we tend to loose sight of what really matters and we might not come up with the best ideas/solutions. Therefore, it is a good idea to have more opinions/minds to “do the right things”.
However, too many people tend to make the collaboration inefficient (“doing the things right”) as communication complexity multiplies. For knowledge workers I think there is some truth to the saying that:
- Two workers can do three times as much work as one
- Three workers can do four times as much work as one
- Four workers can do four times as much work as one