if you get enough smart programmers together all they do is make lisp, so you have to make sure theres some less-smart "control rod" programmers in the team
one of the more famous criticality incidents of this type is naughty dog, who were trying to make crash bandicoot or something but ended up, thats right, making a lisp
y'know, it turns out secretly that the Duke Nukem Forever programmers kept running into this problem
they'd keep making lisps, then fights would break out, then their teams would be decimated by people quitting out of disgust or because they were conquered
this is how all great unfinished undelivered games got unfinished and/or undelivered
THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE HALF-LIFE 3
@jk Oh yeah! I remember reading an article about that in Game Developer Magazine. It must've been one of the post mortem articles. I was hoping it was online somewhere, but I've had no luck finding it. I did find this from Andy Gavin: http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2011/03/12/making-crash-bandicoot-gool-part-9/
The video is pretty good as well.
"Wait, what do you mean, I'm 'less smart'?"
"I mean YOU'RE the control rod."
"Oh! Okay then. Cool."
"...and there we go."