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Training: Team Topologies Fundamentals - Leeds - 2019

  • Transition Partners 2 Bond Court Leeds, LS1 2JZ UK (map)

Join forward-thinking leaders and technologists for a special 1-day training event in Leeds focused on organisation dynamics for effective software delivery.

Based on the book by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow, this training guides attendees through the many different aspects of modern organization design for software delivery. We look at the constraints imposed by Conway’s Law and how we can turn these into a strategic advantage, what happens when we take a team-first approach to organization design (and what this is a big win for every organization), how to simplify and enhance the intercommunication between teams, how to choose team types to accelerate and sustain safe, high-speed software delivery, how to evolve team structures depending on internal and external stimuli, and more.

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Matthew Skelton - image credit: Jax DevOps -

Matthew Skelton - image credit: Jax DevOps -

The training will be led by Matthew Skelton, co-author of the book Team Topologies and Head of Consulting at Conflux.

Matthew created the well-known DevOps Topologies patterns in 2013 and now helps organizations around the world to assess, adapt, and evolve their organization structures and team interactions.

This 1-day Fundamentals training course is a distillation of many hours of experience with different sectors and situations.

NOTE: this is the only Team Topologies training course currently scheduled with Matthew for Q3/Q4 2019.

Benefits: Turn the design of your organization into a strategic advantage through the Team Topologies approach of team-first interactions, homomorphic mirroring, and high-fidelity sensing & feedback loops.

Output: Structured, practical techniques for effective organization design based on team-first socio-technical principles, Conway’s Law, well-defined team APIs, and Cybernetic sensing & control

Audience: This workshop is for CTO/CIO and other leaders, Head of Department, software architects, systems architects, managers, team leaders and engineers.

Preparation: Workshop attendees should bring a pen or pencil plus details of some software systems familiar to them. No laptops will be used or needed.

Lunch is provided in the price - we use Leeds-based healthy food startup LeanLunch

Training outline:

Part 1: Teams as the means of delivery + cognitive load + Conway’s Law

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Recognize that teams need to be small, stable, and have a team-first mindset in order to perform consistently well

    • Understand the need to restrict teams’ responsibilities (software and other domains) to match their available cognitive load

    • Understand that software architecture is not a purely technical decision, it must be considered side-by-side with org design to be effective

    • Use Reverse Conway maneuver to leverage actual team intercommunication

Part 2: Aligning your teams to the fundamental topologies

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Understand and identify the four different fundamental topologies

    • Describe the team behaviours expected with each kind of topology

    • Identify the ways in which the fundamental topologies help reduce cognitive load

    • Recognise how and why to move existing teams to one or more of the fundamental topologies

Part 3: Team interaction patterns

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Understand and identify the three core team interaction patterns

    • Describe the situations in which the different interaction patterns work well

Part 4: Evolving team topologies

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Understand and describe the purpose and value of topology evolution

    • Recognise triggers for evolving topologies


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