Minimum Developers to Manager ratio



  • We have 3 full time developers but we would like to recruit up to 5 in the future.

    We have two priority projects, both with fully estimated backlogs. The team also handles some additional maintenance issues. Backlog priorities have been set and any incoming tasks are screening by one of the Directors. Do you think theres's value getting in a full time project manager at this stage, or do you think one of the lead developers should transition into this role?



  • What you are looking for is a proper span of control. There are a lot of theories on this subject and a few variables you need to consider as you are designing your organization. Start https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Span_of_control and then research some of the citations at the bottom.

    I would suggest there is no single right answer as those variables would dictate different designs. You're essentially dealing with a ton of moving pros, cons, and risks of various span of control designs.




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