Spotify process

Spotify has little standardization, it doesn’t have a formal standard. They believe that cross-pollination is better than standardization. For example, when enough Squads use a specific tool, that tool becomes a path of less resistance and other Squads tend to choose the same tool. After other Squads use the same tool, test it, and collaborate together, then the tool becomes a default standard.

Consistency x Flexibility

Spotify employs an internal open-source model, their culture is more sharing than owning

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Learn More About the Spotify Squad Framework — Part I

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What’s Squad?

It’s a small cross-functional, self-organized team usually with less than eight members. The team members have end-to-end responsibilities, and they work together towards their long-term mission. On Squads the key driver is autonomy.

Each Squad has autonomy to decide what to build, how to build it, and how to work together while building it. However, the Squad needs to be remain aligned with the Squad mission, product strategy, and short-term goals.

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  • Tribe: Lightweight matrix, a primary dimension focused on product delivery and quality. 
  • Chapter: Group formed based on competency areas such as quality assistance, Agile coaching, or web development. 
  • Anyone can join or leave a Guild at anytime.

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Alignment enables autonomy. It’s important that everybody understands the company/startup culture. 

The stronger our alignment, the more autonomy we can afford to grant. Autonomy with alignment increases motivation, quality, and faster releases.

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Autonomy provides employees with a sense of collective ownership

They are part of a greater whole, active (rather than passive) members of the team, “making a positive overall contribution to the organization” — Griffin and Moorhead.

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  • Artifacts - things you can see, touch, smell: Ping pong tables, happy hours, and free lunches.
  • Espoused values and beliefs - the mission statement you wrote together as a company or the code of conduct that’s in your employee handbook.
  • Basic underlying assumptions: the things people actually believe, the core layer of culture.

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  • For centuries, the promise of America has been built on the work ethic, with everyone aspiring to have a job that pays them.
  • Work Ethic as it is has not provided any social, moral or spiritual benefits that it should.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are on the verge to render the work ethic useless.

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