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