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Scaling Agile at Spotify - Simon Marcus - Agile Israel 2014

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  • 1. Agile Israel 2014 Simon Marcus – Agile Lead @lycaonmarcus Scaling Agile
  • 2. Music for Everyone Music for Every moment
  • 3. What does scaling FEEL like at Spotify? Is there a Spotify way? (spoiler : nope!) How are we organized? What do we mean by agile, and why? How do we change? What do we mean by agile, and why? Today’s Playlist
  • 4. From 10k to 10mm subscribers in 6 years 40mm MAUs 50% growth since December 2013 5 Million playlists created or updated a day 56 countries
  • 5. 600 engineers, product owners and designers 20+ Coaches First acquisitions: Tunigo, The Echo Nest
  • 6. Teams are Scaling...
  • 7. Teams are Scaling...
  • 8. How we got started Bringing music to the world !@#!@ The Spotify Ways Our work spaces Who we hire The roles we have How we have fun The words we use The words we don’t use The tools we use Implicit rules How we act when things go right $ How we grow people How we learn Being Swemerican
  • 9. How we got started Bringing music to the world !@#!@ The Spotify Ways Our work spaces Who we hire The roles we have Being Swemerican How we have fun The words we use The words we don’t use The tools we use Implicit rules How we act when things go right $ How we grow people How we learn
  • 10. How we got started Bringing music to the world !@#!@ The Spotify Ways Our work spaces Who we hire The roles we have How we have fun The words we use The words we don’t use The tools we use Implicit rules How we act when things go right $ How we grow people How we learn Being Swemerican
  • 11. How we got started Bringing music to the world !@#!@ The Spotify Ways Our work spaces Who we hire The roles we have Being SwedishBeing American How we have fun The words we use The words we don’t use The tools we use Implicit rules How we act when things go right $ How we grow people How we learn
  • 12. How we got started Bringing music to the world !@#!@ The Spotify Ways Our work spaces Who we hire The roles we have Being SwedishBeing American How we have fun The words we use The words we don’t use The tools we use Implicit rules How we act when things go right $ How we grow people How we learn
  • 13. In The Last Week I. . . Spent a day at an offsite with tech leaders arguing about our org structure 1 Helped gang-write a new career path for non- management tech leaders 2 Gave and received “loops” feedback to and from peers3 Participated in a grass-roots effort to improve project management 4
  • 14. In The Last Week I. . . Spent a day at an offsite with tech leaders arguing about our org structure 1 Helped gang-write a new career path for non- management tech leaders 2 Gave and received “loops” feedback to and from peers3 Participated in a grass-roots effort to improve project management 4
  • 15. In The Last Week I. . . Spent a day at an offsite with tech leaders arguing about our org structure 1 Helped gang-write a new career path for non- management tech leaders 2 Gave and received “loops” feedback to and from peers3 Participated in a grass-roots effort to improve project management 4
  • 16. So what about our famous org structure?
  • 17. Squads SOCIAL
  • 18. Life in a Squad
  • 19. Life in a Squad
  • 20. Own Services and Pipelines Ops in Squads Evangalizing Mission Autonomy = Responsibility
  • 21. Life in a Squad
  • 22. Chapters SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIAL Chapter Lead
  • 23. Tribes SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIALSOCIAL
  • 24. Guilds
  • 25. Kanban or Scrum or Scrumban or XP or SAFe or what?
  • 26. Yep.
  • 27. Finding betterish ways to do things that work until they don’t, and then finding new things. What is Agile?
  • 28. Changing (Creating Interesting Problems)
  • 29. Organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations – Melvin Conway
  • 30. Spotify’s Org Chart Circa 2013
  • 31. The Wages of Autonomy
  • 32. A lot of Talking Execution
  • 33. 20+ teams 100+ people 8+ months
  • 34. Alignment Autonomy Awesome?
  • 35. Alignment Autonomy
  • 36. A genuine Agile culture… Optimized for lots of ideas, personal growth, long term effectiveness… Challenged to find better ways of moving faster, learning more, making it easier to get things done. Spotify’s Way
  • 37. Figuring out what you want to optimize for… Know yourself and who you want to be… Test structures that remain coherent with your beliefs, even as they scale. Your Way?
  • 38. Spotify’s Blog: http://labs.spotify.com/ My Twitter: @lycaonmarcus Feedback: sayat.me/lycaonmarcus Want More?