Platform Design

Three day workshop
Jabe Bloom

Platform Design

No dates are scheduled for this workshop. Let us know if you think we should organize it near you, or if you'd like to book it on premise in your organisation.

Most organizations aspire to get better at delivering software. Cloud Native organizations have found success, following a three-part pattern; (1) delivering software on a (2) fit-for-purpose platform, that depends on (3) automated infrastructure. However, too many organizations fail to understand how this pattern increases the flow of quality software and are instead over focused on accelerating just the software delivery without resolving their platform and infrastructure problems, too.

Enabling Self-Service through a platform, in pursuit of speed, often comes with an increase in complexity and operational burden. This burden inevitably contributes to compounding technical debt, which starts to act as an anchor on the system’s forward progress. Instead of contributing to this imbalance, the goal of a platform should be increased speed and quality by ‘enabling constraints’ that make doing the right thing the easy thing.

This fast paced workshop will introduce you to “Scale Up Co.” — a company that is rapidly expanding its functionality, growing through acquisition, and positioning itself to address larger and more differentiated market segments. Just one problem: Scale Up Co. is also piling on technical debt and operational burden!

Using Scale Up Co. as a case study, over the 3 days we’ll explore a sequence of practices and methods in order to learn practices that enable organizations to design, justify and implement Platform. We’ll enable Scale Up Co. to create a flow of value for their new and future customers.

This is what you will learn

This workshop teaches Platform Design based on the Three Economies, a theory designed to establish a clear frame to explain the value of a platform to an organization. The Three Economies theory illustrates the core conflict between innovation and efficiency by reframing it in terms of organizational incentives and payoffs.

The workshop introduces practices related to the Three Economies, helping participants to think about establishing, developing and maintaining platforms and connecting the platform design to business and product management concerns. Participants will learn practical techniques in Service Design and the use of Wardley Mapping, Maturity Mapping, Throughput Accounting, and Strategy Deployment to design an organization transition towards an established operational Commons, balancing individual concerns with organization needs.

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for Product Managers and Strategists who want to understand how Platforms enable growth, for teams experiencing the pain of rapid scaling, and for seasoned Architects who want to learn new techniques.


Day 1

  • Three Economies Theory
  • What goes into the platform? (Wardley Mapping)
  • Recommoning

Day 2

  • Service Design
  • What skills do you need to start platforming? (Maturity Mapping)

Day 3

  • Throughput Economics
  • Value Propositions and business cases
  • Strategy Deployment

Participant Requirements

Good understanding of software design

Jabe Bloom

About Jabe Bloom

Jabe specializes in helping groups embrace and leverage uncertainty, ambiguity and optionality. The rewards of allowing teams and individuals to discover and leverage their innate creative potential are worth the risks and challenges involved in holding open a space for innovation and creativity.

Jabe’s deep practical experience, constant exploration via action research, and extensive theoretical investigations inform his public speaking and provide a foundation for his active engagement with colleagues, executives and entrepreneurs. He helps clients to clarify vague understandings of the problems they’ve noticed with their processes and products, learn to perceive and understand the causes of those problems for themselves, and make plans to act in order to create more effective environments and systems for collaborative work. He help clients find a mindful way of working that enables their teams to continuously adapt their processes and products in an ever shifting business environment.

He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University focusing on Transition Design. He is a go-to source for insights into improving organizational tempo, resilience and performance by transforming dynamics within the co-evolving interdependencies of management, design, development and operational practices.

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