Economist developers are a big, distributed lot. At one point we had 4 teams doing development in 4 different timezones from San Francisco to London. As you might imagine, this presents some extremely interesting challenges, like source code control and maintaining communication channels between teams to reduce the amount of toe stepping and work duplication going on. Bazaar & Launchpad The single tool that has had the largest positive impact on code quality and general sanity has been Launchpad.