Paolo wrote:So you ARE managed and you must accept this.
I don't want to start a flame war but IMHO the fact that you don't like to be managed is one of the main problems of this community.
Here of course I violently disagree.
Throughout my professional life I have done my research work in highly efficient and highly knowledgable teams, without anyone of the team being "managed" by anyone else. Of course my PhD students typically are less experienced and need guidance. But ok they are still in a learning phase.
Peer reviewing is also an inevitable element in scientific work. And ChrisL is certainly very competent with coding. So that's certainly fine with me.
Anyway, I probably have more experience with working in effective teams than many of you!
All scientific collaborations typically work on a model that is a bit like the musicians in a Jazz band as opposed to the members of a BIG classical orchestra. In a Jazz band there is no written music and notably you don't hierarchically distinguish 1st, 2nd 3d violonists for example. Rather every Jazzer is an individual participant of high artisitc standing and get's his chorus in time, yet everyone is integrated in a perfectly functioning musical team...
Finally, Jazz bands most often have a rather compact size. The classical analogon of the Jazz band set up is chamber music, of course.
From the knowledge and experience profile of our longstanding dev team, this comparison with the Jazz band is not so bad I think...