How and why to design your teams for modern software systems

A 60 minute Case Study by:

Matthew Skelton

Skelton Thatcher Consulting

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About this Case Study

For effective, modern, cloud-connected software systems we need to organise our teams in certain ways. Taking account of Conway's Law, we look to match the team structures to the required software architecture, enabling or restricting communication and collaboration for the best outcomes.

This session will cover the basics of organisation design, exploring a selection of key team topologies and how and when to use them in order to make the development and operation of your software systems as effective as possible. It is based on experience helping companies around the world with the design of their teams.

We cover:

  • cognitive load for teams
  • approaches to aligning and assigning work to teams
  • the basics of effective team topologies
  • heuristics for evolving team structures for different contexts

About the Speaker

Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Co-founder and principal consultant at Skelton Thatcher Consulting, he specialises in helping organisations adopt and sustain good practices for building and operating software systems: continuous delivery, DevOps, aspects of ITIL, and software operability.

Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at and is co-author of the books Database Lifecycle Management (Redgate, 2015), Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O'Reilly, 2016), and Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016).


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