Martin Fowler has a great post on the “Cheaper Talent Hypothesis“. This cross cuts some ideas I’ve blogged about in the past; offshore development to increase talent not cut costs and interviewing at Microsoft (why hire great people).
All of this is born out by my experiences – and I suspect yours too – I’d rather work with five talented people than ten average ones. The teams I’ve seen to great things in short amounts of time were, without exception, made up of very skilled people.
Note: For those of you wondering if there’ll ever be another post about actually writing code… Don’t worry, it’s coming.