How many products can you handle ?
Just curious to know how many products can a typical developer handle. What I mean by handle is to design,develop,debug and support applications. The number of customers can vary from 1 to around 50 per product. Some products have multiple versions too. I had been doing this for the past 3 years for around 5 products + doing lot of R&D.
Millions upon millions of people use my software. A team of multi-talented experts organizes the interaction between customers and developors. Without them I will puke foam running around in circles gobbling.
No seriously though, most senior architects can swim in at most 2 major major size projects, and maybe ponder and manage innumerable tiny ones. It depends on the code monkeys he manages. The more organized you are at archiving your projects in a way you can come back to the more you can handle I think.
Anyone who thinks in terms of "managing code monkeys" will fail at even one project. At least if that is truly the mindset, rather than just an ill-conceived quick joke...
One at a time.
I guess the number of products a developer can handle depends on the complexity of the program. Of course if there are a lot of bugs or errors in the product, you are looking at a nightmare scenario.
Sorry, I personally handle three products at the moment. Nothing complicated, just some business apps.
What Steve said.
I currently have 38 programs in active use by the Production Dept., plus another 9 R & D-type apps that are used by the Design guys, plus a few Access & flat-file DBs to maintain.
It depends entirely on the applications and the users obviously.
Like a software project itself, the estimate here is mired in hundreds of external variables.
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