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Spotify - Growing Up With Agile (Speakers: Peter Antman and Erik Hartwig)

Spotify's organizational culture is very much centered around decentralized squads - but how do we manage to create one product out of this dynamic self organization? Peter Antman and Erik Hartwig talk about the latest organizational experiments we are doing at Spotify.

You will hear about how we abandoned OKRs, our new alliance based organizational chart, TPD, verticals, north star goals and how DIBB (Data, Insights, Beliefs, Bets) helps us focus and work together, and more.

We get a lot of questions from companies all over the world about our organizational patterns. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A part of the session.

Bio: Peter Antman
Peter is an agile coach and facilitator at Spotify and Crisp. He has been working with agile transformations and leadership the last decade as CTO, VP of Engineering and coach, recently summarized in his book “Together - fostering self organization and flow with agile and lean” (only available in Swedish).


Peter's motto is persistent change. He loves to help people and organizations achieve greatness by growing a collaborative culture. He has a background in the open source community and was one of the early core committers to JBoss once upon a time.

Bio: Erik Hartwig
Erik has been working at Spotify for the last 8 years seeing the company grow from a handful of people to almost two thousand. During his journey he has been working as a backend engineer, mobile engineer, product manager, lead architect and team lead. Four years ago he moved here to start the Spotify San Francisco office.



Erik’s beliefs are that nothing is impossible with the right team and that no problems can be solved in confinement. His big passions right now are how to work with distributed organisations and alternative ways to organize larger corporations.

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  • Peter A.

    Hi, finally, the slides are available: http://www.slideshare.net/peterantman/growing-up-with-agile-how-the-spotify-model-has-evolved

    Thanks all for participating, and all the feedback.

    4 · March 30

    • Gail F.

      Thanks Peter! Hope you had a great trip back to Stockholm!

      March 30

  • Guppy

    I thought this presentation was delivered well and was super informative especially with respect to the concept of autonomy . I had some leftover questions and look forward to asking them at another event where Spotify is featured.
    Cheers

    March 18

  • Cynthia S.

    I am not going to be able to attend, but can't seem to update my earlier response. Hope this helps.

    March 13

    • Elina R.

      I'll do it for you right now..

      March 13

    • howard d.

      Had car trouble... had to get and install a new battery while traveling to BART. Then it was too late.

      March 16

  • Allen H.

    Could of done without so much business stuff. Time was short!

    March 16

  • Ron L.

    I saw someone point out last year that Spotify's is by far the most discussed and least emulated approach to scaling agile. Last night helped clarify. Most scaling-agile attempts are within organizations that fully intend to keep the HR, finance, product, executive and other mechanisms that "modern" corporations have always used. The apparent alignment in Spotify - their intentionality - of aligning objective-setting, process, HR, finance, organization, and executive support is stunning. (And then they retrospect and iterate all those things.)

    6 · March 16

    • Allen H.

      I'd add that last night's talk provides a perfect response to the "that can't possibly work" comments that often come up when you try to describe an agile culture to a corporate "guy." Spotify is a successful company by any measure. With 800 developers, the "that can't scale" argument is also shot full of holes.

      2 · March 16

  • Dennis B.

    Refreshing to hear a positive example of corporate culture evolution

    1 · March 16

  • Gail F.

    Definitely in agreement that we did not have enough time! Especially liked when they got into the discussion of mapping to strategy to execution, using "bets" to measure the various stages. Many of the concepts were similar to Hoshin X planning. I did hear a lot of comments regarding being to actually "see" many of the concepts such as tribes, squads in action - perhaps some videos to help reinforce the concepts.

    1 · March 16

  • Elina R.

    very interesting but not enough time - I think we should invite Spotify again - and have another talk focused more around performance/compensation/bonuses/self-evaluation - that is all extremely interesting, very hard stuff to change in organizations, and seems like Spotify is trying to do it differently than the most - let's explore that further! BayALN is open to host again!

    1 · March 15

    • Robert A.

      I agree completely. There was a lot of interest given the turnout and questions. Perhaps they could come back and we could drill down a little deeper and analyze/discuss/debate some actual scenarios.

      March 16

  • Matthew

    Very good! Hope they distribute the slides

    1 · March 16

  • Robert A.

    Interesting but wish the intro was briefer

    1 · March 15

  • Saikat P.

    Nice info. Great to learn more about the Spotify culture.

    1 · March 15

  • Elina R.

    welcome and networking starts at 6:30 pm, actual presentation at 7 pm.
    Q&A after presentation , wrapping up at 9pm

    March 15

  • Matthew

    What's the general schedule for the evening? IOW - when does Peter start talking?

    March 15

    • Elina R.

      7 pm. This is also the time when the doors will be closed to entry.

      March 15

  • Mahesh G.

    Unfortunately I have to pull out, I have updated my RSVP status.

    March 15

    • Elina R.

      thanks Mahesh, see you next time!

      1 · March 15

    • Gail F.

      See you soon Elina! Looking forward to the event.

      March 15

  • Tarang P.

    I am not able to attend as I will be at the Lean Summit conference. It would be great if this was being recorded for later viewing.

    March 15

    • Gail F.

      Tarang, We did not get permission from Spotify for this event. The event may be recorded at a later date. I will remove your RSVP if you have not done so yet.

      March 15

  • Gail F.

    Excited about the event Tuesday! Looking forward to helping with the notes for Spotify!

    2 · March 12

  • Elina R.

    Hello everyone - please be informed that regretfully we cannot accept anyone from the waiting list. We are bound by the fire code of our gracious host and don't want to get them in trouble.
    For those who hold the spot - don't forget to update your RSVP if you cannot make it.
    Also - everyone who had registered with +1 or +2 guests - please consider giving up that space to a registered group members, as they have more interest to come anyway.

    1 · March 11

  • Cédric L.

    Hi guys. What's the likelihood that people on the waitlist can join this great session?

    March 9

    • Elina R.

      Hi Cedric... VERY LOW frankly. The room that we have has maximum of 100 people capacity (fire code)

      March 10

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