Chapter 17: Together We Stand

Mull It Over

  1. Why write software in teams? What are the real advantages over writing a system on your own?

Software development might be easier on your own; you don’t have to work with other weird programmers, you don’t need to coordinate work or suffer ineffective management. However, it isn’t hard to see the many benefits of software development in teams.

In a team you can solve larger problems by decomposing them between individual members. And you can create code faster too. Groups of developers combine talents to make something greater than the sum of their parts. In cases where there is no well-established design or prior art, the wider skill set and knowledge of the group has a distinct advantage; a collaborative ...

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