Organizational Modes in Software Development

Organizational Modes in Software Development
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  • Product Delivery
    • Definition, implementation, and monitoring of OKRs in a product team.
    • Building, prioritizing, and managing a product backlog to update the Product Roadmap.
    • Focus on delivery, production, and conducting postmortems.
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Modern Engineering Organization.
    • Managing stakeholders and parties involved in complex projects.
    • Techniques for mastering the different stages of change management.
  • Team Dynamics and Leadership
    • Establishing a trustful climate and focusing on the 5 dysfunctions of a team.
    • Leadership involves clear communication to motivate the team.
    • DJ Patil's White House Card and Westrum's organizational culture insights.
  • Team Topologies and Interaction Modes
    • Differentiating between renting and buying an apartment as an analogy for team investment and improvement.
    • Emphasizing dynamic team structures, cognitive load management, and optimizing team velocity.
    • Encouraging autonomy and rapid flow within teams, with a focus on low coupling and high cohesion in software architecture.
  • Value Stream and Service Heuristics
    • Understanding the value stream as the set of actions adding value to a customer from initial request to delivery.
    • Identifying product value chains, supporting systems, and development value chains.
    • Independent Service Heuristics for evaluating and prioritizing critical risk areas in an ecosystem.

Key Concepts in Team and Project Management

  • Conway's Law and Team Size
    • Conway's Law suggests organizations produce architectures mirroring their communication structures.
    • Leveraging Dunbar's number to optimize team size for effective management and communication.
  • Cognitive Load Management
    • Assessing cognitive load as a key factor in architectural decisions.
    • Differentiating between intrinsic, extraneous, and germane cognitive loads.
  • Effective Team Structures
    • Utilizing small, long-lived teams as the standard for productivity and quality.
    • Brooks's Law on the counterproductivity of adding resources to a delayed project.
  • Tools and Techniques for Project Management
    • RACI matrix for defining roles and responsibilities in a project.
    • Utilizing Venn Diagrams, PERT, MoSCoW method, SWOT analysis, Critical Path Method, Work Breakdown Structure, Kanban, Fishbone diagram, and risk mapping for project management.

Recap and Further Learning

  • Emphasized the importance of organizational structure, human interactions, small teams, and clear team interactions.
  • Highlighted various team types to enhance impact and strategies to combat cognitive load.
  • Introduced RACI as a tool for stakeholder management and defined roles for effective project management.
  • Encouraged further exploration of the topics covered for deeper understanding.