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๐Ÿฆ  Team Cognitive Load ๐Ÿฆ  and Team Topologies - with Manuel Pais

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๐Ÿฆ  Team Cognitive Load ๐Ÿฆ   and Team Topologies  - with Manuel Pais


Agile software Teams loose flow of delivery. They have too little time to solve the real business problems. This implies ineffective software delivery and ineffective software systems.

We see an increase in burn downs, negative stress, etc. which was most certainty not what was intended when introducing the Agile Manifesto.

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What on earth does all this have to with how we define and organize our agile teams?
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One goal is software that fits in our heads and team topologies that fit our teams, businesses and products. The advice is now to take a SOCIO-TECHNICAL approach to building software systems.

Manuel Pais, co-author of the highly-acclaimed book on Team Topologies (IT Revolution, 2019) has kindly accepted AgilityLab's invitation to shed some more light on this.

A war has started on "monolith vs microservices" and discussions rise around topics such as what is the optimal size of software. Is it really true that "Software that is 'too big for our heads' works against organizational agility"?

It is claimed that agile software teams are hit by an increase in the so-called ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, i.e. the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory (ref. psychologist John Sweller, 1998).

We wish to decrease the load spent on the irrelevant stuff of how to do things and instead increase the time spent on focusing on the business focus on the problem we're there to solve.

According to the authors of the book Team Topologies (๐—ง๐—ง), Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton, "we should limit the size of software products/services to the cognitive load the team can handle".

You may want to prepare your questions to Manuel already now.



  1. Welcome & introduction
  2. We warm up with TT related wicked problems (facilitators)
  3. Manuel Pais: ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€
  4. Q&A
  5. Wrap-up and evaluation


๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ, ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ
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Manuel Pais is co-author of Team Topologies: organizing business and technology teams for fast flow.
Recognized by TechBeacon as a DevOps thought leader, Manuel is an independent IT organizational consultant and trainer, focused on team interactions, delivery practices and accelerating flow. Manuel is also a LinkedIn instructor on Continuous Delivery.

Manuel has been in the industry since 2000, having worked as developer, tester, release manager and QA lead before he started consulting on DevOps in 2015. He has worked on a range of technologies (Java, .Net, web, mobile), industries (banking, telecom, legal, manufacturing, defense and aviation) and countries (Belgium, Portugal, Spain, UK).

As a consultant, Manuel has helped small and large organizations in finance, legal, manufacturing, and software vendors improve their software delivery and their metrics on quality, speed and operability.

Manuel helps organizations rethink their approach to software delivery, operations and support via strategic assessments, practical workshops, and coaching.

Manuel holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Instituto Superior Tรฉcnico and an MSc in Software Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University.

Twitter: @manupaisable

We're looking forward to seing you at an exciting talk and interactive Q&A session with Manuel.

Leise Passer Jensen and Torsten Hansen, AgilityLab organizers

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