Why Small Teams Are Big Winners in Large Projects

Dimitris Moutsatsos
2 min readNov 28, 2023

The Power of Small Teams

Picture a small, swift boat zipping through the water, easily navigating through twists and turns. That’s a small team for you. They are nimble, able to quickly adjust to new challenges or shift direction with ease. Unlike larger teams, where making a change can be slow and complex, small teams can pivot on a dime, make decisions without getting caught in a web of bureaucracy, and tackle problems head-on. This flexibility is a game-changer, especially in projects where time and quick thinking are of the essence.

Getting Things Done Faster

Speed in software development isn’t just about coding fast. It’s about everything — from decision-making to problem-solving. Small teams cut through the red tape. There’s less waiting around for approvals or for someone else to finish their part. In a small team, you know what needs to be done, and you just do it. This means you can complete projects faster, without sacrificing quality.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Technology changes fast. In a small team, trying out a new tool or technology can be decided in a quick team huddle. In a large team, it might require multiple meetings and approvals. This flexibility lets small teams experiment and innovate, keeping them ahead of the curve and often ahead of bigger teams who are slower to change.

Building Effective Small Teams

So, how do you make a small team work effectively? First, have a clear goal. Everyone should know what the team is aiming for. Communication is key — regular check-ins and open discussions help keep everyone on the same page. Diversity in skills and perspectives can make a big difference. And don’t forget about motivation — celebrating small wins keeps the team’s momentum up.

Small teams in big projects are like David vs. Goliath. They’re more agile, faster, and can adapt quickly to new technology, giving them an edge in today’s fast-paced world. If you’re tackling a big project, think small for your team. The results might surprise you.

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Dimitris Moutsatsos

developer and weirdo / current: Tychetech / MAD TV / WARR