The Spotify Model with Jimmy Janlén

Meet the Instructor

Jimmy has been an Agile coach in Spotify in their critical growth periods early on in 2013-2014 and later in 2016-2018. He’s also one of two main trainers at CRISP to teach their Spotify courses in Europe.

He is an Agile coach and Teacher, with Stockholm as home base. In addition to coaching, he holds courses and seminars about various things agile and lean such as agile leadership, agile adaptations, large-scale agile, team dynamics, large-scale agile, team dynamics and facilitation. He is also an Active Agile Leadership certified trainer.

“I’ve seen deeply dysfunctional organizations, as well as truly agile, lean, big, organic and team-oriented organizations”.

Based on these experiences he understands that agile is a big experiment and in some people’s mind still is an unproven hypothesis. But as long as there are people who believe in top-down management, long-term planning, that there is a ‘best’ way of doing things and that continuous learning costs too much – I believe there is still room for improvement in the world.”

Also: Bureaucracy therapist. Cultural acupuncture. Cross company pollinator. Visualization Magician. Teacher. Speaker.

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More on Spotify Strategic Alignment and Team Autonomy

Interview recorded April 2021

Participant quotes from previous sessions

”I literally woke up at 2:00 am thinking of how I can affect change in my company and couldn’t fall back to sleep”

”Loved the case study format for the course”

”Authentic real insights from someone who actually worked at Spotify”

”Great to learn about all examples on how to support the autonomous squad”

”I cannot wait to start thinking what I will apply / tweak / convert…”

”Great combo of theory, examples and exercises”

”Candid, clear, and practical approach”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this course sanctioned by Spotify?
A: Yes, Jimmy and other Crisp staff have the blessing of Spotify to offer these courses. Here is a similar course offered in Sweden by CRISP.

Q: Is this course trained by Spotify coaches?
A: Jimmy will share his experiences and viewpoints as an independent Agile coach while he was working at Spotify, but not as an official representative of Spotify.

Q: Is there a certification offered with these courses?
A: At the end of the course you will receive a certification of completion (issued by Agile with Jimmy).

Q: Can I earn Project Manager PDUs / Scrum Master SEUs as part of this course?
A: Unfortunatelly. This course is too new and too exclusive.

Q: Are there any course prerequisites?
A: Basic knowledge of Agile principles and practices (e.g., experience with Scrum) will help you better understand some of the content.

Q: I’m not in Canada / USA. Can I attend the course?
A: Yes go ahead but please note the EST / EDT time zone.

Q: I’m from a nonprofit / charity. Is there a discount?
A: Yes there are very limited nonprofit seats available please contact Adam via LinkedIn to take advantage of these.

Back by popular demand, this is your opportunity to learn from one of Spotify’s most known and prolific coaches Jimmy Janlén!

Value Transformed in partnership with Agile with Jimmy are pleased to announce the second round of virtual workshops in North America:

“The Spotify Model” has been getting a surprising amount of attention in the Agile community since it was first widely shared in 2012. The Spotify Engineering Culture videos have more than 500,000 YouTube views. It was never intended as a framework or a model. It was just a case study of the Spotify way of working at the time. That has not stopped a large number of organizations from copying or imitating the model, often without understanding it… what it was optimized for, what challenges it comes with, or how Spotify has adapted and continued to evolve in the years since.

If tickets are sold out, please provide your email to be alerted about future sessions (bottom-left of this page). Please check the FAQ section at the bottom of this page for extra info.

The Spotify Model for Executives & Startups

Oct. 14-15 @ Two Half-days 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST / EDT Toronto

This course is intended for Executive Leaders / C-Levels, Heads of Department, Startups and other leaders who are responsible for building organizations that supports autonomous empowered teams delivering strategic objectives. Focussing on the Spotify Agile Journey, participants will gain actionable insights and inspiration to drive their organization’s Agile journey.

  • The mechanisms of strategically aligning the organization that enable autonomy and innovation for teams, and delivers customer value at scale.
  • Understand the mechanisms of how to support teams and maintain autonomy at scale.
  • Practical examples and inspiration of how to grow a dynamic learning organization that continually reinforces a high-trust culture and empowers a servant-leadership model of leadership.
  • How to build an organization that enables agile at scale and unleashes the power of small autonomous product teams.
  • Think It, Build It, Ship It, Tweak It – The Spotify Product Development Framework.
  • Inspiration of how Spotify has met these challenges in a hypergrowth environment.
  • Hear first-hand stories about Spotify’s biggest challenges, lessons learned, and failed experiments.

Please contact Adam for discounted nonprofit tickets (limited).

New! The Spotify Model for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches

Nov. 18-19 @ Two Half-days 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST / EDT Toronto

This course is tailor for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches who coach teams and leaders. You will gain concrete tips and ideas on how autonomous teams function at Spotify, and how you, as a change agent, can apply these lessons to strengthen and enable product teams and the leadership supporting these teams.

  • How to build great autonomous teams (a.k.a. Squads).
  • How Scrum, Kanban and XP fits into the Spotify culture.
  • Retrospectives and Bubble Up Kaizen.
  • Organizational structures to support the squads (Chapters, Tribes, and Guilds).
  • The Agile Coach at Spotify and his/her relationship with other roles (such as Product Owner, Chapter Lead and Tribe Leads).
  • How to build an organization and a culture that enables agile at scale and unleashes the power of small autonomous product teams.
  • Sharing and spreading of ideas and knowledge
  • Transparency and communication
  • Culture, principles and values
  • Hear first-hand stories about Spotify’s biggest challenges, lessons learned, anti-patterns and failed experiments.

Please contact Adam for discounted nonprofit tickets (limited).

New! The Spotify Model for Product Owners & Product Managers

Feb. 3-4 @ Two Half-days 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST / EDT Toronto

This course is tailor for Product Managers and Product Owners. You will gain concrete tips and ideas on how you can strengthen your team’s autonomy and empowerment, and how you can improve the way you discover and deliver products.

  • The autonomous empowered product team – the Squad
  • The Product Owner/Product Manager at Spotify and his/her relationship with other roles (such as the Chapter Lead, Agile Coach, Tribe Leads and other Product Owners)
  • The Product Owner Framework
  • Think It, Build It, Ship It, Tweak It – The Spotify Product Discovery and Development Framework.
  • Real stories of innovation and delivery
  • The Spotify Rhythm & OKRs (cross-team, strategic business alignment and prioritization, big room OKR planning and roadmap alignment).
  • Key Success Metrics, Measurable Outcomes and Estimation
  • Hear first-hand stories about Spotify’s biggest challenges, lessons learned, and failed experiments.

Please contact Adam for discounted nonprofit tickets (limited).

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