Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Groupthink not so smart

An interesting blog summarizing the fact that group brainstorming is less productive that the individual. From the blog:

Time and again research has shown that people think of more new ideas on their own than they do in a group. The false belief that people are more creative in groups has been dubbed by psychologists the ‘illusion of group of productivity”... because when we’re in a group, other people are talking, the pressure isn’t always on us and so we’re less aware of all the times that we fail to think of a new idea.

Does this also apply to programming? Does the best software architecture, the most innovative product ideas, come from one or two project 'architects' or from collective ownership a la XP?

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