GR103 Organizational Design & Digital Teams

Organizational structure, siloed vs. agile teams, CIO vs. CTO, Product vs. Project manager, Data engineer vs. Data scientist... and a lot more.

Last updated in July 2019 English English

Welcome to GR103

What you'll learn

  • The difference between a functional vs. matrix IT teams.
  • Why do startups prefer flat, agile team structure?
  • The difference between a Product vs. Engineering teams.
  • The most common entry roles and career paths in IT.
  • Modern roles in digital IT teams.

Sample videos from the course


Course content


3 min
  • Introduction to the course (3:09)

Organizational Structure

6 lessons
22 min
  • Types of Organizational Structures (5:28)
  • Functional Organization (4:12)
  • Divisional Organization (2:05)
  • Matrix Organization (3:00)
  • Agile / Flat (7:03)
  • Additional reading

Product vs. Engineering

3 lessons
5 min
  • Product Team (2:41)
  • Engineering Team (2:15)
  • Review

Team Patterns

4 lessons
18 min
  • Technology Team (5:30)
  • Matrix Team (5:57)
  • Product Team (6:11)
  • Additional reading


4 lessons
23 min
  • Siloed vs. Agile, cross-functional teams (9:24)
  • Startups vs. Corporations (5:18)
  • Product-centric company vs. Agency (4:29)
  • Business-developer match (3:32)

Career Paths & Ladders

4 lessons
21 min
  • From an Engineer to a CTO (5:55)
  • Entry roles (7:54)
  • Operating Levels (4:27)
  • Dual Ladders (2:35)

The 16 Key Roles In Digital Teams

4 lessons
4 min
  • Introduction to Digital Teams (3:22)
  • Digital Business Team Roles
  • Digital Technology Team Roles
  • Extended Business Team Roles

Management Roles

4 lessons
25 min
  • CIO vs. CTO (4:56)
  • CTO vs. VP Engineering (5:34)
  • Discussion: CTO vs. VP of Engineering (19:00)
  • Product manager / Product owner (4:03)
  • Project manager (3:46)
  • Project vs. Product manager (6:17)

Individual Contributors

14 lessons
38 min
  • Types of Engineers (2:25)
  • Software developer (6:24)
  • Software tester (6:27)
  • Database developer (6:47)
  • Database administrator (3:46)
  • Designer (4:17)
  • IT support / Technical support (3:55)
  • Business vs. System analyst (3:49)
  • Business analyst
  • System analyst
  • Network engineer
  • IT consultant / Technical consultant
  • Technical sales
  • Web developer

Talent personas

5 min
  • Talent personas (5:11)

About the instructor

Instructor Michal Juhas

Michal Juhas

Michal is a serial entrepreneur and consultant helping companies to upskill their teams. He’s on a mission to upskill a million people around the world.

In the past, Michal has co-founded companies in the Czech Republic, Thailand, and Slovakia. The biggest one has reached 100 mil USD in annual gross booking volume in 2018.

Today, he is not only the CEO of Geekruiter, but also one of the hosts and instructors keen to upskill technical recruiters from all over the world.

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Number of lessons
Video length
164 min
  • On-demand video
  • Articles & resources
  • Worksheets – PDF downloads
  • Access on mobile and desktop

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