Change ideal team team size back to 7 +/2
The latest scrumguide recommends ideal dev. team size is 6 +/- 3 or 3 to 9. Sure, I understand there are plenty successful teams with less than 5 members, but overall I think it is too small.
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Denise Hill commented
The smaller teams I've worked with have been the most effective and productive. The smallest was 4 people and consisted of two development team members, a developer/scrum master, and a product owner. I am opposed to changing this back.
Erik Weber commented
Research is pointing to smaller and smaller teams more and more effective.
Jay Conne commented
I like the idea of making people aware of the principle while I think the terms used are interchangeable. What's important is to appreciate how team size affects effectiveness: Is there enough knowledge in the room? Is there too much cost of interaction on the team?
I have had a three person sub-team take on a well understood part of the SB while another fraction works on research stories (spikes) for better understanding the larger scope to be addressed.
A common patern is to have one or more members of the team take responsibility for responding to trouble tickets in the current Sprint where I track this as burndown of a special story. That story represents a fraction of the team's capacity for the Sprint. And some refer to this as Scrumban :-).
When a team is too large, I find it naturally breaks down into sub-teams that can them be formalized as they self-organize to a more effective team size.