Today the Dude will share his recipe for assembling a team to be a kick-ass product team. You should count your blessings that the Dude is bestowing this kindness upon you.
The SW Team
Always build the software team with experts. The best experts in the world: Ph.D. Physicists. Fuck yeah, pile them in at least in a 5:1 ratio over people who know software development.
Make sure that you have all prima donnas. No average contributors, all rock stars. Who needs version control? That is for pussies who don’t know how to roll. Marketing wants an installer? Screw them. Make them manually copy files to directories, and tweak the ini files.
Also, make sure that there aren’t enough people on the team. If you really need say 12 people (including a manager, and 2 SQA people) staff it with three permanent employees and one contractor. Surefire path to success.
‘Cuz that’s how kick ass software gets written.