Spotify engineering culture (part 1)

Here’s part 1 of short animated video describing our engineering culture (here’s part 2).

This is a journey in progress, not a journey completed, and there’s a lot of variation from squad to squad. So the stuff in the video isn’t all true for all squads all the time, but it appears to be mostly true for most squads most of the time :o)

Here’s the whole drawing:


(Tools used: Art Rage, Wacom Intuos 5 drawing tablet, and ScreenFlow)

Here’s Part 2.



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  2. gerardchiva says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Nick says:

    Reblogged this on Nikola Zdunić and commented:
    Great Video from Henrik Kniberg on the culture at Spotify.

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  23. jf says:

    Reblogged this on Jakobs blogg and commented:
    Really inspirational!

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  31. dianadcerv says:

    Reblogged this on A Chicago Tech-girl's Life and commented:
    Working as a Product Manager on software platforms, I found this video interesting and fun to see. I will also re-blog part 2 next so come back to see it.

  32. Reblogged this on The Agile Machine and commented:
    Here at The Agile Machine, we’re always looking for great presentations that sum up our approach to development. This is the best to date.