I’ve been reading quite some article on engineering culture and ways of working. The videos on Spotify Labs are among the best sources I’ve watched or read in the last year on the subjects of agile and culture. Recently the second part of their series on Spotify’s engineering culture was released.
Spotify engineering culture part I
Important take aways for me were:
- Agile over scrum
- Principles over practices
- Servant over master
Spotify engineering culture part II
Very cool that one of my favorite quotes by Mario Andretti was used in the video:
If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.
To cope with this aspect you need a fail friendly environment and a limited blast radius. For the first focus on fail recovery instead of an fail avoidance. For the latter focus on a decoupled architecture.
A healthy culture heals broken processes! Growing organizations have growing pains. Culture can either magnify or heal them.
Update: Henrik Kniberg on Scaling agile at Sporify
The hour talk that Henrik Kniberg gave on Scaling agile @ Spotify is also available on vimeo: