Team Topologies

These are some notes from the reading of this book written by Manuel Pais and Mathew Skelton.

Chapter 1, the problem with Org charts

Conway’s law

Organization which design systems…are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communications structures of these organizations.

Cognitive load of the teams: limit of information a team can hold at any moment.

Obstacles to fast flow

Obstacles to fast flow

Chapter 2, Conway’s law and why it matters

Chapter 3, Team First thinking

Cognitive load (John Sweller – 1988): total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory.

Sweller defines three kinds of cognitive load:

  • Intrinsic cognitive load: relates to aspects of the task fundamental to the problem space.
  • Extraneous cognitive load: relates to the environment rin which the task is being done.
  • Germane cognitive load: relates to the aspects of the task that need special attention for learning or high performance.

Other information about team topologies

Interactive diagram about DevOps Topologies & Anti-Types.

Learning behaviours can help pull individuals and teams into the ‘funnel of flow’, not only by increasing their skills and capabilities, but by helping them cope constructively with negative states like anxiety and boredom.

Examples of learning behaviors that constitute constructive coping include reflecting, reframing, seeking support, and strategizing. These are all behaviors that can be practiced independently and collaboratively…

To be continued…

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