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Questioning Extreme Programming by Pete McBreen

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Chapter 13. Large-Scale XP?

A team of 20 developers is a large team.

Although XP can probably scale to large-size problems [http://www.thoughtworks.com/library/XP On A Large Project-A Developer's View.pdf], it was never intended to be used with large teams. Kent Beck [Beck, 2000, p. 157] suggested that even a team of 20 programmers would be a stretch. A realistic team size limit for XP is probably 12 programmers. So the real question is, how big a problem can a team of that size handle?

Are Large Teams a Goal?

Although the traditional approach to software development has involved throwing as many bodies at a problem as possible, maybe there is another way. Small teams working in an environment that is conducive to learning can achieve extraordinary ...

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