Determining Archetypes and Opportunities for Coaching

Roland Flemm
OrgTopologies™
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5 min readOct 29, 2023

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Have you read the introductory article Seven Archetypes (the Alphabet) of Org Topologies™? That would help.

The big determining factor on the vertical axis is the type of input a given unit receives:

  • Does the unit receive tasks?
  • feature requests?
  • business objectives?
  • product goals & customer challenges?

Tasks provided as inputs to the unit would classify the unit as the Y-level.

Constant feature requests (and nothing else) would classify the unit as an A-level archetype.

Business objectives, product goals, and customer challenges B or C (the higher archetypes), depending on how broad the scope of work and ownership is.

This very simple logic will help you determine the vertical level of a given work unit (individual, functional group, or team). This is an outside, black-box view from the mere viewpoint of the inputs a work unit receives.

The input levels a unit receives are not random in a given context but are a function of:

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Roland Flemm
OrgTopologies™

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