How Team Structure Influences Code Quality • Adam Tornhill, John Le Drew & Preben Thorø

Discover how team structure impacts code quality. Learn about team size, composition, psychological safety, retrospectives, technical depth, collaborative product ownership, team structure alignment, facilitation, communication, and motivation.

Key takeaways
  • Team size: Smaller teams (3-4 people) tend to be more effective and experience less friction compared to larger teams.

  • Team composition: Diverse teams with a mix of skills, backgrounds, and perspectives tend to be more effective at solving problems.

  • Psychological safety: Teams where members feel safe to express their ideas and concerns, and where conflicts are handled constructively, tend to be more effective.

  • Retrospectives: Regular retrospectives, where teams reflect on their work and identify areas for improvement, can help teams to continuously improve their processes and outcomes.

  • Technical depth: Prioritizing technical depth, such as code quality and maintainability, can lead to improved overall effectiveness and reduced technical debt.

  • Collaborative product ownership: Involving the entire team in product ownership responsibilities can lead to better alignment between the team’s work and the business goals.

  • Team structure: Aligning team structure with the software architecture can help to reduce coordination challenges and improve communication and collaboration.

  • Facilitation: Good facilitation can help teams to have productive discussions, resolve conflicts, and make effective decisions.

  • Communication: Clear and effective communication within the team and with other stakeholders is essential for team success.

  • Motivation: Teams that are motivated and engaged in their work tend to be more productive and effective.