Laws of Life

Life works on a few laws, observations gleaned from organizational management. Some of these Laws are very useful for every day life. The first one is Metcafe’s Law aka there are too many people on this team! Why didn’t the family know this? etc.

Per wikipedia, Metcalfe’s law states that the financial value or influence of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). 

This concept has been extended to visualize the power law for team size, and how big teams make everything harder. Beyond 3-5 people on a team, it becomes too difficult to ensure that everyone has the same message. Check out this image:

Pretty, and Scary

Carlos Bueno has a great article on the idea of exponential growth and its affects on teaming and culture. Keep those teams small, folks!