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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Know When to Add More People

You can add people to the project at any time. But you might not be able to add them successfully at any time.

Anytime you change the team composition, the team retreats at least to the storming phase, if not the forming phase. And, if you hire additional people, the overall productivity of the team decreases for a few months, unless you’ve assigned one person as a buddy (Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies, and Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People [Rot04]) for the new hire. (The new hire has a productivity of zero, and everyone helping the new hire has less productivity.) If you assign a buddy, only the buddy suffers from a productivity decrease—and the new hire learns how to work much ...

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