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Want great apps? It takes great teamwork

Part of the Architecting the Cloud podcast series

When applications fail to live up to their promise, technology isn't always the culprit. Often, the failure is a result of ineffective teamwork. To combat the problem, successful companies are building better teams and improving communication throughout the DevOps process.

Want great apps? Teamwork is key to success

When IT applications, cloud or otherwise, don’t fulfill their potential, companies often misidentify technology as the culprit. However, it isn't always the technology, but a lack of effective teamwork and communication that led to faulty design. To combat the problem, successful organizations are building more cohesive, stream-aligned teams and fostering systematic communication throughout the DevOps process to produce better outcomes for software development projects. In this episode of the podcast, Mike Kavis and guest, Matthew Skelton—head of consulting at Conflux—discuss Matthew's new book, Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow, and how to build better teams and align communication strategies with the goal of achieving more predictable—and more effective—outcomes from development projects.

Key to this is flow at a team level, at an organization level, basically avoiding handoffs, avoiding situations where we’re waiting for another team to do something in order to get something done. So, that means that the way in which we need to set up our teams and organization is to minimize those handoffs
Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Head of Consulting at Conflux, he specializes in Continuous Delivery, operability and organization dynamics for software. Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at and is co-author of the books Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET and Team Guide to Software Operability. He is also co-founder at Conflux Books, which publishes books for technologists by technologists.

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