Spotify Engineering Culture

Spotify Engineering Culture - part 1 from Spotify Training & Development on Vimeo.

I'm giving a talk at Learnfest today which has already proved to be a refreshingly different and fascinating conference (more on that later). Tamas Mihalovits, the Global Training Manager at Spotify (who ran one of the sessions here) told me about this video on Spotify's Engineering Culture. It's a more in depth look at the scaling agile approach that I talked about here and really worth watching. Lots of great stuff in here including the importance of not getting too tied up in process ("Rules are a good start, then break them when needed"), the squads, chapters and tribes approach to agile structures (really like the 'aligned autonomy' idea), and the approach to work environment. Much that is applicable outside of engineering teams too. Thanks to Tamas.

This Week's Favourite Fraggl Links

Here are my favourite links from this week, curated by Fraggl:

  • "Each year, Mary Meeker unveils her fascinating Internet Trends presentation. And each year, her insights are inestimable and eagerly awaited. But each year, I have a problem with her slides. As a presentation designer, I find them rough and busy. To the point it makes them hard to understand. So this year, here’s my humble attempt at redesigning them!" Well done that man
  • Mixby. An app that uses beacons to unlock content and museums and events. Rather cool.
  • A wonderful, wide-ranging interview with (Ogilvy Vice-Chairman) Rory Sutherland on branding, behavioural economics and much else besides
  • What causes the smell of new and old books? Now you know.


And of-course you can sign up to Fraggl here.

This Week's Favourite Fraggl Links

Adam Magyar, Array #1 from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.

Here are my favourite links from this week, curated by Fraggl:

  • More Adam Magyar brilliance (above). A "high speed video recording at Seoul at Sindorim Station of people descending on stairs while changing from Line 1 to Line 2".
  • Makes sense - NBC Universal found that (FT £) a TV show’s ratings are more likely to determine social media activity rather than social media driving viewership.
  • good piece on how our use of distancing language ('user', 'product', 'content') can counter-act empathy
  • A great Vice interview with Tom Uglow (Creative Director of Google Labs in Sydney): "Most of my projects attempt to defuse landmines of precociousness"

And of-course you can try Fraggl out here.


Baileys stardust

In between meetings yesterday I went to look at the David Bailey exhibition, curated by the man himself at the National Portrait Gallery (which was wonderful) and in one of the displays typed onto a piece of card was this quote:

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Calvin Coolidge

Hacking the Concept of Time

I really enjoyed this profile of Adam Magyar, the 'renegade' self-taught photographer who combines sophisticated photographic equipment, other retro-fitted hardware, self-written software, and an artist's eye to unique effect. In 'Stainless', speeding subway cars and their passengers (often seemingly lost in their own worlds) are captured in exceptionally high resolution. Part of the project involved filming New Yorkers standing on the platform at Grand Central station with a slow motion camera (preview above - watch it full screen). It's strangely poignant. When great technology and great art combine wonderful things happen. This is a great example of that.