When You're Understaffed in a Programming Group

Karen at Speaking of Nonsense offers a quick essay on “Options for the Understaffed Programming Shop.” The three alternatives that she identifies are:

  1. Hire like mad and fight the battle to train those people up into the organization.
  2. Choose portions of the project to outsource to a body shop.
  3. Try to throw “productivity enhancement tools” at the problem.

She drills down a bit on when each approach should be used.