#86 - Adaptive Systems with Wardley Mapping, Domain-Driven Design, and Team Topologies - Susanne Kaiser

Tech Lead Journal

May 2 2022 • 50 mins

“We need to consider our system that we built as sociotechnical systems. The system is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a product of their interactions. We need to focus on improving the performance of the whole, instead of separate parts of the system."

Susanne Kaiser is the author of the upcoming book “Adaptive Systems with Domain-Driven Design, Wardley Mapping, and Team Topologies: Architecture for Flow”. In this episode, Susanne explained how she connected the dots between 3 different methodologies–Wardley Mapping, Domain-Driven Design, and Team Topologies–to design and build adaptive systems for a fast flow of change and why it is important for any organization to have adaptive systems. Susanne went in depth to explain about the Wardley Mapping strategic framework, its five sections, and how they support designing and evolving effective business strategies based on situational awareness and movement following a strategy cycle. She then explained how to translate from a Wardley map into Domain-Driven Design, how DDD helps in applying the Wardley Mapping doctrine principles, before then explaining how Team Topologies helps to create effective team boundaries and optimize team’s cognitive load. Towards the end, Susanne shared from her experience how we can apply this process in our organizations, as well as in legacy systems.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:07:00]
  • DDD, Wardley Mapping & Team Topologies - [00:09:56]
  • Adaptive System - [00:15:57]
  • Wardley Mapping - [00:19:53]
  • Doctrine Principles - [00:28:09]
  • Domain-Driven Design and Team Topologies - [00:31:16]
  • How to Apply in an Organization - [00:38:49]
  • How to Apply to Legacy - [00:41:30]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:47:04]


Susanne Kaiser’s Bio
Susanne Kaiser is an independent tech consultant from Hamburg, Germany, supporting organizations with building socio-technical systems. She is passionate about connecting the dots between Wardley Mapping, Domain-Driven Design, and Team Topologies as a holistic approach to design and build adaptive systems for a fast flow of change. Susanne was previously working as a startup CTO and has a background in computer sciences and experience in software development and software architecture since 2002. She is the author of the book “Adaptive Systems with Domain-Driven Design, Wardley Mapping, and Team Topologies: Architecture for Flow” (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Vernon), 2022).

Follow Susanne:

  • Website – https://www.susannekaiser.net/
  • LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/susannekaiser1/
  • Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/suksr

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