How to Build Your Own “Spotify Model”

Jurriaan Kamer
Feb 9, 2018 · 8 min read

“We need to innovate, experiment and learn faster than the competition.”

Spotify’s organization design

Source: Spotify’s engineering culture

Full autonomy is a trade-off

“What is the best thing about working at Spotify? What is the most challenging thing about working at Spotify? The answer for both questions is the same: Autonomy.” — Joakim Sundén

“There is no right or wrong, it’s all trade-offs” — Henrik Kniberg

Don’t copy the model

Source: xkcd

“The only Spotify way of working that actually works is turning on the Spotify volume really loud and dance.” — Erwin Verweij

Evolve your own organizational model instead

“Stop trying to borrow wisdom and think for yourself. Face your difficulties and think and think and think and solve your problems yourself. Suffering and difficulties provide opportunities to become better. Success is never giving up.” — Taiichi Ohno


Are you ready to reinvent your organization?


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The Ready

The Ready

Lessons from our quest to change how the world works. Topics include org design, self-organization, and dynamic teaming.