Team Size Matters

I like small teams, between four and six people. Here’s why.

I’ve observed over the years that teams of more than nine people didn’t have what I call the “intimacy” of smaller teams. Teams of three people or smaller didn’t always have the ideas needed, but teams larger than nine people lost something that was common to smaller teams—an ability to easily communicate with each other. There is a reason for that: the number of communication paths in the team.

Beware of Too-Small Teams

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Too-small teams—three or fewer people—might not have enough diversity to solve their problems. They don’t have enough ideas. Too few people can be ...

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