How we do large scale retrospectives

  Foreword: This post was initiated by Andy Park, former agile coach here at Spotify. For years we’ve been experimenting with how to do “big retrospectives”. That is, how to capture and spread learnings from big complex multi-site efforts involving dozens of teams. We used to do the traditional “get everyone into one big room” version, but now with […]


Spotify engineering culture (part 2)

Here’s part 2 of the animated video describing our engineering culture. Check out part 1 first if you haven’t already seen it! This is a journey in progress, not a journey completed, so the video is somewhere between “How Things Are Today” and “How We Want Things To Be”. Here’s the whole drawing: (Tools used: […]


Squad Health Check model – visualizing what to improve

(Download the cards & instructions as PDF or PPTX) (Translations of this article: Chinese, French) What is a squad health check model? A lot of companies experiment with ways of measuring and visualizing how their teams are doing. They’re usually called “maturity models”, and involve some sort of progression through different levels.


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 […]


What it feels like being an ipad on a stick on wheels

We like experimenting with geeky tools. All in the name of science of course… How about sitting on a beach in Thailand and participating in conference in Stockholm by remote-controlling an ipad on a stick on wheels? Sounds like a fun experiment, doesn’t it? How many geek points is that? And hey, I just happen […]