With Software, Smaller Is Better

An excerpt from Small, Efficient Teams are BestHenry's Web Log.  Henry Bass is the founder and president of VT KnowledgeWorks member company Automation Creations, Inc.:

Smaller-is-better axioms from our experience at ACI:

  • The average size of a custom software development firm is 5 to 11 full time employees (ACI is currently 15)
  • The corporate dynamic changes when a company goes from 20 to 35+; enter middle management and more layers.
  • Bigger size = more communication needs = more meetings.
  • Software developers HATE meetings.
  • Small firms typically need employees to wear more hats. This diversity gives smart developers higher job satisfaction.
  • Looking at the public company annual reports, the traditional "economies of scale" don't apply to custom software development.

Custom software development company, Automation Creations, Inc.
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