Recently someone asked me if it’s better to build a team of professionals or amateurs

The professionals are expensive; they build their reputation over many years and they are proud of what they do. They will not compromise with the quality and will do the right thing.

The amateurs are future professionals, but they are not there yet. They might have the potential, but not the experience. Building a team with only professionals might slow the work for a project and drain the bank.

Building a team with only amateurs might cause a disaster in the long term, a lot of compromises and security issues.

Every professional was once an amateur and having junior people is a wonderful way to bring new ideas and energy into a project. Just don’t fool yourself that 10 people can do x amount of work, and 20 people can do x^2. It’s not always the case, especially if you cut the cost.

Professionals built Boeing planes, but they needed to cut costs. Now amateurs bring the costs high and the future of the company dim. Cutting costs might not be the right answer.

With the upcoming financial situation, we all need to decide between being surrounded by professionals or amateurs.

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Aleks Vladimirov

Technical Project Manager at Thales | Entrepreneur and Facilitator | Prince2, PSMI, Soft-Skills Trainer, DTM

Alek has vast experience in Software Development as well as Project Management and training session designing and delivering.

He had been part of the Toastmaster organization and had achieved the highest award Distinguished Toastmaster(DTM)

He is certified as Scrum Master and Prince 2 Practitioner.

He is leading multiple non-profit initiatives related to training and entrepreneurship.