In the past, engineers were staffed specifically for an application or type of hardware. These engineers were advanced specialists who had honed their crafts over many years. That strategy worked for a time, but there’s a new trend emerging: employ generalists, reduce headcount, and staff as few engineers as possible.
This new strategy works well for the bottom line, but it can leave you vulnerably shorthanded for big projects like audits or migrations. This is especially problematic for projects that span across multiple locations.
If you are operating with a lean engineering team but feeling the pressure of being understaffed, know that you don’t need to.