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Spotify Engineering Culture part 2 (Agile Enterprise Transition with Scrum and Kanban)

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Published on Oct 3, 2014

The video was created by +Henrik Kniberg
using: Art Rage, Wacom Intuos 5 drawing tablet, and ScreenFlow.

Here’s part 2 of the animated video describing engineering culture at Spotify.

Check part 1 first if you haven’t already seen it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpsn3...

Here's a blogpost for this video:
https://labs.spotify.com/2014/09/20/s...


00:12 Recap of Part 1

00:50 Fail Fast - Learn Fast - Improve Fast

01:54 Post Mortems - "Fix the Process, not just the Product"

02:31 Decoupled Architecture and Gradual Rollout to limit failure radius

03:26 Product Development - Lean Startup: "The biggest risk is building the wrong thing"
1.) Idea/Problem
2.) Define narratives and hypotheses
3.) build different prototypes
4.) build a MVP - minimum viable product - "minimum lovable product"
5.) release to some % of users - do A/B testing - tweak it
6.) if it is a success - gradually roll it out to the rest of the users

05:12 Favor innovation over predictability

06:06 10% Hack Time - Let employees play around

06:42 Spotifywide Hackweek twice a year

07:10 Experiment friendly but waste repellent culture
- What's the hypothesis?
- What did we learn?
- What will we try next?

08:03 What's good - what's waste at Spotify
- Retrospectives
- Daily Standups
- Google Docs
- GIT
- Guild Unconferences
- Time reports
- Handoffs
- Separate test teams or test phases
- Task estimates
- Useless meetings
- Corporate BS

08:30 big projects mean big risk and are a common source for waste
- minimize the need for them
- split up into smaller efforts
- if you need it: visualize progress, do a daily sync and periodic demos. A short feedback loop will reduce risk. Have a smalll, tight leadership group

09:36 Growth pain - balance between chaos and bureaucracy
Waste repellant culture and agile mindset helps to stay balanced

10:07 Improvement Boards and the definition of awesome
- "Awesome is a direction, not a place"
- Toyota Improvement Kata

11:32 The importance of a good culture
- Not everything is perfect at Spotify, that's why a good culture is so important

12:19 People focusing on culture

12:29 Boot Camps
"Intense but fun way to get the culture"

12:51 Share successes, failures and learnings

Transcript by: http://www.andymel.eu/videos/IuvKwZig...


Contact me:
- https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattharas...
- contact@astrotech.io

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