You Don’t Need 100 Engineers to Build a Product

Here’s a great insight from Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson:

You don’t need 100 engineers to build a product. You need 5–10 engineers that…

  • Work well together
  • Understand the problem domain
  • Know how to build and deploy a unit of code (no “throwing over the wall” to an Ops team)

It’s a short checklist that’s easier said than done, but it forms the basis of how they staff their engineering teams that ship infrastructure trusted by companies like Uber and ING.