Team Topologies: Beyond the Spotify Model

Its limitations

  • From the original blog post about Spotify Model “this article is only a snapshot of our current way of working - a journey in progress, not a journey completed. By the time you read this, things have already changed” - Kniberg & Ivarsson
  • no heuristics for Conway’s law
  • no patterns for team interactions
  • no triggers for change and evolution

its strengths

  • Encourages flow of change, as each team has all the capabilities it needs to deliver value
  • establishes and clarifies team responsibilities. no ambiguity in who owns what
  • promotes good kind of collaboration between teams
  • plans and budgets for cross-team enablers - think guilds; bringing people together from all over the organisation