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Team Topologies
Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow
Secrets of the four successful team patterns and three interaction modes to ensure success for IT organizations.
by Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais

“...a much-needed framework for evaluating and optimizing team organization for increased flow...Team Topologies combines a methodical approach with real-world case studies to unlock the full potential of your tech teams.

Greg Burrell, Senior Reliability Engineer at Netflix
The Secrets of Successful Team Patterns
In Team Topologies, IT consultants Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais share secrets of successful team patterns and interactions to help IT organizations choose and evolve the right team patterns to ensure success, making sure to keep the software healthy and to optimize for value streams.

Team Topologies will help readers discover:

  • Team patterns used by successful organizations.
  • Common team patterns to avoid with modern software systems.
  • When and why to use different team patterns
  • How to evolve teams effectively.
  • How to split software and align to teams.
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It’s well constructed and signposted, based in sound thinking, and challenges readers to assume, like them, that an organization is a socio-technical system or ecosystem.

Dr. Naomi Stanford, Organization Design Practitioner, Teacher, and Author
Articles by the Authors
Go Beyond Team Structures for Software Delivery Success
by Matthew Skelton
The need for new team types and team structures is being driven partly by the need to optimize for the reliable flow of change; handovers between teams of specialists can block flow and cripple delivery performance; instead, many organizations are adopting models that align teams to the streams of change. 
Remote-First Team Interactions
By Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais

Remote-first work has suddenly become the “new normal” for many companies around the world. There is plenty of advice out there on how individual teams can bond and work effectively remotely, but there is little that addresses remote interactions between different teams that need to collaborate remotely as part of the same value stream.

The Problem with Org Charts
by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais

Building and running these highly complex, interconnected software systems is a team activity, requiring the combined efforts of people with different skills across different platforms. But despite these risks and demands, many organizations are still organizing their people and teams in ways that are counterproductive to modern software development and operations.

...few have attempted to catalog and analyze the organizational design patterns of IT organizations going through Digital, DevOps, and SRE transformations. Skelton and Pais have not only accepted this bold challenge, but they’ve also hit the mark by creating an indispensable and unique resource.

Damon Edwards, Co-Founder of Rundeck
Remote-First Team Interactions with Team Topologies Webinar

We know that team-based software delivery can be very effective, but how can we promote and enable team-based approaches in a “remote-first world”? What should teams think about and what patterns can teams adopt to be effective when no one is in the office?

Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais will discuss how to address remote interactions between teams that need to work together remotely, which is critical for success in this new world. Moving from the physical to the online world can further expose pre-existing team interaction issues, increase wait times, and slow down delivery if left unchecked.

Based on the ideas from the book Team Topologies, authors Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton will present some useful approaches to clarify and evolve inter-team interactions and communication in this remote-first world.


At Condé Nast International, this resource was crucial in understanding our current DevOps state and in defining the vision for our aspirational DevOps operating model...The models themselves proved extremely useful artifacts in aligning both stakeholders and teams directly involved.”

Crystal Hirschorn, VP of Engineering, Global Strategy & Operations at Condé Nast
Matthew & Manuel at DOES19 London

Monoliths vs Microservices is Missing the Point—Start with Team Cognitive Load

The “monoliths vs microservices” debate often focuses on technological aspects, ignoring strategy and team dynamics. Instead of technology, smart-thinking organizations are beginning with team cognitive load as the guiding principle for modern software. In this talk, we explain how and why, illustrated by real case studies.

Download: Monoliths vs Microservices Ebook

We need a structured and methodical approach to shaping teams for continuous delivery instead of copying a few Spotify rituals. This is the book.

Nick Tune, API Platform Lead, Navico
About the Authors
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. He currently lives in the UK.
Manuel Pais is a DevOps and Delivery Coach and Consultant, focused on teams and flow first. He helps organizations adopt test automation and continuous delivery, as well as understand DevOps from both technical and human perspectives. Manuel has been in the industry since 2000, having worked in Belgium, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. He currently lives in Madrid, Spain.

DevOps is great, but how do real-world organizations actually structure themselves to do it? Team Topologies provides a practical set of templates for addressing the key DevOps question that other guides leave as an exercise for the student.

Jeff Sussna, Founder & CEO, Sussna Associates, and Author of Designing Delivery
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