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Leadership-Level Teamwork @ Spotify

In this presentation, George and Anders will give us some candid insight into how the Tribe leadership group works together as a team at Spotify NYC. They'll share details about the many activities and experiments they've done in the spirit of building the best tech organization possible, including workshops, tools, etc.


George McMonigle is an Agile Coach at Spotify. He is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) with more than 15 years of experience in management, project management, and software development. He's been fortunate enough to be at the ground-level of agile transformations within the companies he's worked with. George has domain experience in digital advertising, social media, analytics, and streaming media, but is also eager to spread the agile message to other business areas and industries.

George lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Margot and two dogs, Satchmo and Olive

Anders Ivarsson has worked as Agile Coach at Spotify since 2011. His goal is to grow high-performing teams and to help them continuously improve and find better ways of working. He also strives to support the organization to improve and adapt to changes. Anders has written articles and presented at several conferences.

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  • Mariya B.

    Amazing presentation! Thank you, George and Anders! It is unbelievable how many topics you were able to cover in such a short time - Agile processes, tech excellence, your org structure - tribes, chapters, and guilds, OKRs, team values ("Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni is one of favorite books of Kaplan Agile Coaches as well), finance (or rather, absence of budget approvals) and so many other inspirational and informative topics you spoke about. Hope you will be able to come to our meetup again next year and share your further experience with you Agile implementation. May I suggest a topic: Product Owner role at Spotify?

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Lori M.

    Thanks to all that attended last night and a special thanks to Anders and George for sharing with us. Hope to see you all again in a future meetup!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Dana M L.

    Hi Terry and Lori! Will their be a live stream/Google hangout for this tonight? Unfortunately I will not be able to attend in person.

    August 13, 2013

    • Terrence M.

      Hi D, we recorded the first few but ultimately decided that we should maximize the in-room experience, as we want folks to get together in one room and, well, meet up! To get good audio, we needed to pass a mic for questions, and we found that limited audience interaction to wait for the passing of the mic. Plus remote folks can't eat all the good food! I'll certainly pass on the hi, see you soon!

      August 13, 2013

    • Dana M L.

      Right, I figured there was a strategy to that :) I leave you to consider this then... The Huge meetup uses the service offered by pretty successfully and they are always well attended. As an attendee of several other meetups I've found that high attendance is really based on how compelling the events are. People are drawn to great speakers, networking opportunities and of course free food :) Having virtual attendees increases your reach which further promotes your "brand".

      August 14, 2013

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    2 · August 13, 2013

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    A former member

    Hi there! I'm a practitioner from the Netherlands who will go to Agile2013. From Nashville I will be traveling to New York and would love to join your meeting to meet the NY community. Look forward to meeting you!

    2 · July 25, 2013

    • Lori M.

      We look forward to meeting you!

      August 6, 2013

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    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Adam G.

    Digital Product Owner for a leading consulting firm.

    June 11, 2013

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