Organization and team topologies is a great workshop activity for getting context about an organization and its teams. It is a great activity for understanding the business context, structure and teams.

Activity instructions

Let´s participate on a collaborative activity to understand and map the organisation various teams, their missions and dependencies. The Vision is the ultimate goal. It is long-term thinking. You must describe it as a clear and concise statement that everyone understands and adhere to it with passion. The mission statement describes the team’s unique contribution towards the organisation vision.

With a clear vision and great team alignment and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved!

Step by Step

  1. Share and then write down the organisation vision
  2. List all the teams on the organisation, then write their mission. Color code if needed.
  3. Draw and then describe all teams’ dependencies

Below is a sample image for this activity.

  • Sample Vision: “Our vision is to create the best experience for our online buyers.”
  • Sample team mission – Customer Experience : Our mission is to provide all UI components that our e-commerce needs
  • Sample team mission – Pay Champion: Our mission is to keep all payment related components under control while providing the best APIs for all our amazing feature teams
  • Sample dependency (Customer Experience -> Pay Champion): creation, configuration and support of all payment related components

This activity is very useful for depicting the organisational teams’ topologies, describing their individual missions, their dependencies and how it all connects to and supports the organisation vision. This activity can be run in a few hours. Typically, it is an opening session for other sessions going into further detail about teams’ boundaries, ways of working and interactions.

This activity is inspired on the book Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais. Please consider using color and marks for identifying the types fo teams and its relationships.


This post is part of a series of posts on inception related activities.