Evolution of tribes at Spotify - Complexity in practice

A session at Lean Agile Scotland 2015

Wednesday 7th October, 2015

11:55am to 12:25pm (GMT)

Tribes were introduced at Spotify more than three years ago. As the company has grown, technology and our focus have shifted - leading to an evolution of the organization. We want to share our experience and thinking around this journey.

We will talk about how and why they've changed and where we might be going in the future. Specifically how mission-lead autonomy and shared leadership at all the levels helps us sense and respond in a more coherent manner.

We see this journey acts as a example of complex adaptive systems in practice. While we doubt there is a strong understanding of complexity thinking across Spotify, that doesn't matter. We will argue that regardless much of how we operate is well-suited for a complex system.

About the speakers

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Anders Ivarsson

Agile coach @spotify bio from Twitter

Anders has been an Agile Coach at Spotify since 2011. He is currently in an organizational coach and operations role in a lead team. His goal is to grow high-performing teams and to help them continuously improve and find better ways of working. He also strives to support the organization to improve and adapt to changes. Anders has written articles and presented at several conferences.

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Cliff Hazell

Coach @ Spotify. In pursuit of equanimity. Music should be loud and Whiskey shared

Cliff Hazell has made a career out of breaking down the obstacles that stand in the way of great work. He is often challenging the status quo in his quest to develop the right culture and systems for creation of excellent digital products. After a tour of addresses across South Africa, Cliff moved to Stockholm where he works on the Coaching team at Spotify.

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  • Anders Ivarsson
  • Cliff Hazell
  • Leanne Gallacher
  • Mike Perrin

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Time 11:55am12:25pm GMT

Date Wed 7th October 2015

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