A (very) brief introduction to Org Topologies

Roland Flemm
OrgTopologies™
Published in
5 min readNov 8, 2022

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We (Alexey Krivitsky and Roland Flemm) are organizational consultants. We have been working for many years in many European companies and observed a large amount of organizational designs for product development. Our mission is: Help leaders of organizations to discover their vector for org development.

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We see many organizations approach their organizational transformation as a project with a target end date. However, we believe it is an ongoing learning effort to get closer to some ideal state. This ideal state is a meta objective: Companies want to stay resilient for as long as possible in the face of competition and market changes. This means adapting continuously to a changing environment and being able to deliver innovative solutions. To be able to achieve this, we will need our organizational design to support and facilitate such an objective.

According to the annual State of Agile report, the main reason (64%) for adopting Agile is to enhance the ability to manage changing requirements and accelerate software delivery. 70% of the respondents acknowledge that there is a positive impact on management, visibility and alignment from adopting agile approaches. The report says “A positive impact” but there is no clear benchmark. We were working with a large corporation that produces hardware. They implemented SAFe. Some departments were able to ship products three times faster than before. That is, from a three-year delivery cycle to a one-year cycle. In the context of this company, this is a great improvement, but is it good enough to get feedback from their customers fast enough? And although the employees were happy with the new time to market, they were very confused and frustrated by the processes that the new way of working had introduced.

Choosing the right org design is complex. We believe there is a need to simplify the process of finding the best agile org design. We have learned it is not sufficient to consult an overview of the pros and cons of the existing scaling frameworks for finding the best org design. Getting better sustainable results it requires systemic thinking and a higher level of abstraction. For…

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Roland Flemm
OrgTopologies™

Making the working place of software development less miserable