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The Agile Coach role at Spotify

“What does an agile coach do at Spotify?” This is a very common question when we host study tours in our office or when we speak at conferences. It is also a very good question because it makes us think about how we work and why we have chosen that way of working. I will try to answer all of these questions in a series of blog posts, starting with this one about the Agile Coach role and then publishing... read more

Agile at Spotify

My colleague Anders Ivarsson and I have been invited to different conferences and events to present about how we use agile and lean thinking at Spotify. One of the conferences we recently presented at was Kanban Open Space in Ghent where we were asked to share our slides. Maybe it is of interest to readers of this blog too. In a few years Spotify has grown from a small startup in Sweden to a pretty big... read more

Agile à la Spotify

At Spotify we have our own “Agile à la Spotify” manifesto to create alignment and direction for our improvement work. This blog post describes the background for creating the document, what it is and how we are using it. http://labs.spotify.com/2013/03/20/agile-a-la-spotify/ read more

Organizing a hack week at Spotify

I recently helped organize a hack week at Spotify. Here’s a blog post I wrote about it right before the hack week. I hope to follow up soon with a post about the actual hack... read more

One way of handling small tasks on a Kanban board

I often get the question how to handle small tasks on a Kanban board. Many teams I’ve talked to, especially maintenance and operations teams and teams not doing software development, have a hard time convincing themselves to actually write and track stickies for tasks that can be done in less than an hour, sometimes in minutes. Is it really worth the overhead? The tiny ones would go directly into... read more

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