SEAM#33 – Remote first – Team Topologies with Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais

In this webinar we welcome back Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais who will be talking about their work with Team Topologies in the context of Remote Working.

Talk abstract and bio’s below.
There should be plenty of time for Q&A.
Feel free to have your own pizza and beverages.
Hope to see you on Zoom!

Talk abstract:

Remote-first work is the “new normal” for companies around the world. There is no shortage of advice on how individual teams can bond and work effectively remotely.

However, there is not much on how to address remote interactions between different teams that need to collaborate remotely, as part of the same value stream. Moving from the physical to the online world can further expose pre-existing interaction problems, increase wait times and slow down delivery and possibly response to incidents.

Based on the ideas from Team Topologies, Manuel Pais will present some useful approaches to clarify and evolve inter-team interactions and communication in this remote-first world.

Designing Team APIs and virtual communication channels that promote relevant team interactions while minimizing communication overhead will help modern organizations keep a fast flow of delivery once they’re past the initial adaptation to teleworking.

Following well-defined interaction patterns and architecting for team-first software boundaries will also help reduce communication overhead, clarify expectations on teams, and increase visibility of on-going work and support.

Bio – Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Head of Consulting at Conflux (, he specialises in Continuous Delivery and operability for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software.

Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at and is co-author of the books Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O’Reilly, 2016) and Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016). He is also co-founder at Skelton Thatcher Publications (, a specialist publisher of techniques for software teams.

Matthew founded and leads the 2300-member London Continuous Delivery meetup group (, and instigated the first conference in Europe dedicated to Continuous Delivery, PIPELINE Conference ( He also leads the CodeMill digital skills initiative in the North of England (, and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Bio – Manuel Pais

Manuel Pais is an independent IT consultant and trainer, focused on team interactions, Continuous Delivery practices and accelerating the flow of work. Manuel is co-author of the book “Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow” (IT Revolution Press, 2019) (more info at

Manuel has worked with small to large organizations in finance, legal, manufacturing, and software houses, improving their software delivery approach and their metrics on quality, speed and operability. Manuel helps organizations adopt better practices by re-thinking their approach to software delivery, operations and support via strategic assessments, practical workshops, and coaching.

Also InfoQ lead editor for DevOps and co-curator of the widely cited DevOps Topologies ( Manuel started the 3000-member DevOps Lisbon meetup and helps organize the yearly DevOpsDays Portugal conference. Answers by @manupaisable on Twitter and Medium.



May 13 2020


6:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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