Agile Team Size, Does It Matter?

Looking at the agile team size of others

Comparing your Agile team size to others is not a good way to start using Agile. People always compare their current situation to others. Why do we do this … the answers are many. Lack of confidence, trying to validate, seek growth opportunities and many others.

It should be clear that learning from each other is good and well. The topic of this post is not to suggest we do not share ideas. In facts Agile can only grow when sharing our ideas.

Agile Team Size is Relative
Agile Team Size is Relative

One size does not fit all

The question is often asked when implementing Agile. Is our team the right size for Agile? Simply put there is no way to measure the right Agile team size. If taken in context it also does not make sense to try and determine team size.

There are some guidelines to use in order to create a starting point. As always it is key not to follow “Agile rules”. Typically a team is good with 4 to 7 members in my experience. But it does not mean a team of 2 or 10 does not work.

The same idea applies to company size. You could be a company consisting of two people. On the other hand you could be a global company. The size of your team or company is not a measure if Agile will work for you. A shining example of a large company using Agile to grow is Salesforce.

Accepting you Agile Team Size

Team size should not be the main focus when starting with Agile. Use guidelines to start, for instance a team of 4 people. The focus should then be on how the team is adopting the process.

The more important question is how is my team doing? Are people feeling confident? Is the Velocity healthy? Communication, is my team talking to each other?

It is once you know your team and see a problem when you ask questions about team size.

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