Very successful companies have never struck me as particularly busy; in fact, they are, as a group, rather laid back. Energy is evident in the workplace, but it's not the energy tinged with fear that comes from being slightly behind on everything.
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Team capacity is a simple function of the hours worked by the number of team members. One flaw is how many hours can be expected as 'working hours'.
Working continuously for the entire 'working hours' would be 100% utilization. This means there is no extra time during the day to say hi to a coworker.
Running at 100% capacity will lead to burnout. This is not MIGHT, this WILL happen. Even our computer running at 100% CPU capacity will burnout. Our brian is the same way.
A standard work day of 8 hours might be reduced to 5 or 6 hours of productivity. This should be factored into team capacity. Capacity studies should focus on less than 100% utilization to avoid employee burnout.
Don't confuse busy with productive. Just because you have wall to wall meetings, doesn't meet you have a productive day. That means you are too busy to be productive and are not utilizing your time effectively.
To avoid over meeting for no reason
A meta-skill is a high order skill that allows you to engage with functional expertise more effectively.
It magnifies and activates other skills and is a catalyst for learning and building new skills faster.
TLDR; Scaling teams are hard. A platform team done right can help ease the hardships.
At Conde Nast International we grew from a team of 20 engineers to less than 100 in less than a year. We found out that building out a system that will be used in many markets has a lot of moving parts and repetition. For example rebuilding the infrastructure and application configuration. Adding third party add-on software. Building the application using CDN redirects. DNS registration and configuration.
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