Tribes and Squads. How adaptive is that?

Roland Flemm
12 min readMar 6

This is a series of articles (among them are Team Topologies and Marty Cagan’s Empowered Product Teams) where we compare and contrast different well-known approaches applicable to product development organizations to help leaders make better org design decisions.

We assume you might already be familiar with seven archetypes of the Org Topologies.

In this article, we will analyze the famous “Tribes and Squads” model (also known as a “Spotify model”) in terms of where it fits on the archetype map.

Roland Flemm

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