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.
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