Why are Agile teams supposed to be small? How big are they supposed to be? Most agilists tend to agree that a team of ten people works well.
But what is it about the number 10 that makes it the “magic” number?
Since the start of human evolution, people formed groups to be more effective. Whether it was the hunt for a mammoth or going to war, working in teams ensured a greater chance of success.
There have been various researches from Dunbar’s paper through the Scrum Guide to military formations about the ideal number of people in a team.
We’ll discuss the historical, scientific and cultural reasons why 10 seems to be the magic number of forming effective teams.
Does the number of team members really matter? Is 10 really the magic number. You will get an answer that will help you to create effective teams with the right amount of people.