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Training: Team Topologies Fundamentals - San Francisco - 2019

  • Peerspace 590 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Join forward-thinking leaders and technologists for a special 1-day training event in San Francisco 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.

In partnership with CircleCI

Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais - image credit: Jax DevOps -

Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais - image credit: Jax DevOps -

The training will be led by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, co-author of the book Team Topologies. Matthew and Manuel curated the well-known DevOps Topologies patterns from 2013 and now help 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 scheduled with Matthew and Manuel in the USA for Q3/Q4 2019.

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

Travel directions


590 Sutter St is located 5 blocks north from the Powell Street BART Station.


From I-80: Take exit 2C or any exit towards San Francisco, drive towards Sutter St

From US-101: Follow US-101 N towards San Francisco, keep right at the fork to continue on I-80 E, follow signs for Bay Bridge/Interstate 80, use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 2 for Fourth Street. Take 3rd St to Sutter St, turn left onto Bryant St, turn left onto 3rd St, continue onto Kearny St, and use the left 2 lanes to turn left after Chipotle Mexican Grill (590 Sutter St is located on the left).


From SFO, the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) runs into central SF on a regular schedule. See for details.