“A substance used to accelerate a process”
– Merriam-Webster dictionary entry for “Accelerant”
Most people working in development teams have experienced a variety of development velocities. Many teams check all the fundamentals for high velocity: Everyone gets along well, the ratio of senior to junior developers is high, people have standing desks with balance boards and La Croix…you get the picture. Yet, some teams seem to have lightning crackling from their fingertips, while others seem to be barely crawling. Even more confusing, sometimes the same team can behave differently on different projects. What gives?
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