Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow


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Effective software teams are essential for any organization to deliver value continuously and sustainably. But how do you build the best team organization for your specific goals, culture, and needs?

Team Topologies is a practical, step-by-step, adaptive model for organizational design and team interaction based on four fundamental team types and three team interaction patterns. It is a model that treats teams as the fundamental means of delivery, where team structures and communication pathways are able to evolve with technological and organizational maturity.

In Team Topologies, IT consultants Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais share secrets of successful team patterns and interactions to help readers choose and evolve the right team patterns for their organization, making sure to keep the software healthy and optimize value streams.

Team Topologies is a major step forward in organizational design for software, presenting a well-defined way for teams to interact and interrelate that helps make the resulting software architecture clearer and more sustainable, turning inter-team problems into valuable signals for the self-steering organization.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781942788829
    Publisher: IT Revolution Press
    Publication date: 09/17/2019
    Sold by: Barnes & Noble
    Format: eBook
    Pages: 240
    Sales rank: 91,504
    File size: 6 MB

    About the Author

    MATTHEW SKELTON has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Head of Consulting at Conflux, he specializes in Continuous Delivery, operability and organization design for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software.

    MANUEL PAIS is an organizational IT consultant and trainer focused on team interactions, delivery practices, and accelerating flow. Recognized by TechBeacon in 2019 as one of the top 100 people to follow in DevOps, he is also coauthor of the book Team Topologies. He helps organizations rethink their approach to software delivery, operations, and support via strategic assessments, practical workshops, and coaching.

    Table of Contents

    Figures & Tables
    Case Studies & Industry Examples
    Foreword by Ruth Malan

    Chapter 1: The Problem with Org Charts
    Communication Structures of an Organization
    Team Topologies: A New Way of Thinking about Teams
    The Revival of Conway's Law
    Cognitive Load and Bottlenecks
    Summary: Rethink Team Structures, Purpose, and Interactions
    Chapter 2: Conway's Law and Why It Matters
    Understanding and Using Conway's Law
    The Reverse Conway Maneuver
    Software Architectures that Encourage Team-Scoped Flow
    Organization Design Requires Technical Expertise
    Restrict Unnecessary Communication
    Beware: Naive Uses of Conway's Law
    Summary: Conway's Law Is Critical for Efficient Team Design in Tech
    Chapter 3: Team-First Thinking
    Use Small, Long-Lived Teams as the Standard
    Good Boundaries Minimize Cognitive Load
    Design “Team APIs” and Facilitate Team Interactions
    Warning: Engineering Practices Are Foundational
    Summary: Limit Teams' Cognitive Load and Facilitate Team Interactions to Go Faster

    Chapter 4: Static Team Topologies
    Team Anti-Patterns
    Design for Flow of Change
    DevOps and the DevOps Topologies
    Successful Team Patterns
    Considerations When Choosing a Topology
    Use DevOps Topologies to Evolve the Organization
    Summary: Adopt and Evolve Team Topologies that Match Your Current Context
    Chapter 5: The Four Fundamental Team Topologies
    Stream-Aligned Teams
    Enabling Teams
    Complicated-Subsystem Teams
    Platform Teams
    Avoid Team Silos in the Flow of Change
    A Good Platform Is “Just Big Enough”
    Convert Common Team Types to the Fundamental Team Topologies
    Summary: Use Loosely Coupled, Modular Groups of Four Specific Team Types
    Chapter 6: Choose Team-First Boundaries
    A Team-First Approach to Software Responsibilities and Boundaries
    Hidden Monoliths and Coupling
    Software Boundaries or “Fracture Planes”
    Real-World Example: Manufacturing
    Summary: Choose Software Boundaries to Match Team Cognitive Load

    Chapter 7: Team Interaction Modes
    Well-Defined Interactions Are Key to Effective Teams
    The Three Essential Team Interaction Modes
    Team Behaviors for Each Interaction Mode
    Choosing Suitable Team Interaction Modes
    Choosing Basic Team Organization
    Choose Team Interaction Modes to Reduce Uncertainty and Enhance Flow
    Summary: Three Well-Defined Team Interaction Modes
    Chapter 8: Evolve Team Structures with Organizational Sensing
    How Much Collaboration Is Right for Each Team Interaction?
    Accelerate Learning and Adoption of New Practices
    Constant Evolution of Team Topologies
    Combining Teams Topologies for Greater Effectiveness
    Triggers for Evolution of Team Topologies
    Self Steer Design and Development
    Summary: Evolving Team Topologies
    Conclusion: The Next-Generation Digital Operating Model
    Four Team Types and Three Interaction Modes
    Team-First Thinking: Cognitive Load, Team API, Team-Sized Architecture
    Strategic Application of Conway's Law
    Evolve Organization Design for Adaptability and Sensing
    Team Topologies Alone Are Not Sufficient for IT Effectiveness
    Next Steps: How to Get Started with Team Topologies

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