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Breaking through the ceiling - connecting DDD with Organisation Design

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Breaking through the ceiling - connecting DDD with Organisation Design


Domain-driven design (DDD) is a major software design approach, focusing on modeling software to match a domain according to input from that domain's experts (thanks Vaughn for this definition). When talking to DDD experts about the question “what is a domain?” it becomes obvious that there is no clear definition and that the concept is not really well connected to other prevalent concepts of various disciplines to structure the business (such as organisational structures, processes, capabilities, business functions).

We find that quite limiting and a missed opportunity on the way to having “everybody” involved in a collaborative business & software co-design. Wouldn’t it be lovely to finally break through the ceiling of software design and to seamlessly connect design to where the big changes in the business happen - Organisation Design?

In this talk we’re gonna discuss topics like:

● what needs to happen to involve “everybody” in a company in DDD?
● trends in Organisation Design
● the concept of Capabilities
● how to derive domains from Capabilities

Wolfgang Goebl is the founder and President of the Intersection Group a not-for-profit organisation with the goal to help people create better enterprises. He is one of the authors of the book “Enterprise Design Patterns” and of the EDGY language for collaborative Enterprise Design (

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