I've been thinking about this for a very long time. What would be an ideal agile team size -- what would be a core team size to be more precise. I've been told in the past that it's 5, but I think it's 4 and here is how I think the team should be organizedHere Reviewer/Tester and Developers should exchange roles if required and be flexible to work both ways for maximum efficiency. Note the role of Reviewer/Tester could be easily done by another Developer.
Here is how I would schedule their interactions
|1||Developer1 and Reviewer/Test1||Developer2 and Reviewer/Test2|
|2||Developer2, Developer1 and Reviewer/Test1||Reviewer/Test2|
|3||Developer2, Developer1 and Reviewer/Test2||Reviewer/Test1|
|4||Reviewer/Test2, Developer1 and Reviewer/Test1||Developer2|
|5||Reviewer/Test2, Developer1 and Reviewer/Test2||Developer1|
|6||Developer2, Developer1 Reviewer/Test2 and Reviewer/Test1|
Teams will think I am crazy for suggesting working 6 days a week, this problem can be resolved by splitting day 6 into some hours each day. For example 1.5 hours a day could be kept aside each day for the developers/reviewer-tester to interact and day 6 could be eliminated all together
In my scheme, each person gets a day/some time to themselves each week. All of them collaborate together and work together frequently. In this scheme indepedence is as important as the inter-dependance between each member
What do you think?