Interview with Brendan Marsh of Spotify

Interview with Brendan Marsh of Spotify

This is me hearing Spotify. Yeah the man in the suit… If you know Spotify only for its music and its company culture then you are missing one more perk. Yep, it’s their agile culture! In Agile Greece 2015 we had  Kristian Lindwall & Cliff Hazell presenting our keynote on “Why autonomy is at the heart of Agility” and we got a whiff of Spotify’s agile culture.  Missed the last one? This year we are proud to have Brendan Marsh from Spotify! Brendan is Product Owner for Spotify’s Desktop Infra team and IMHO one hell of a person to talk to and learn from him. And what a session that will be: Spotify Running: Lessons learned from building a ‘Lean Startup’ inside a big tech company. We are really excited to have Brendan in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his keynote session. Did you get your ticket?   Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Brendan and I’m a Product Owner for Spotify’s Desktop Infra team. In the 3 years I’ve been working at Spotify, I’ve spent most of that time as an Agile Coach, coaching various teams ranging from Data Infrastructure to Spotify’s Running experience. I’m the guild coordinator for our Innovation Guild and I’m passionate about Innovation, Product Discovery and all things Agile/Lean. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m going to talk about how I coached a cross-functional team to build Spotify Running. Specifically, how we discovered what to build and what my learnings were from essentially trying to build a Lean Startup within a big tech company. I believe Product Discovery...
Interview with Jurgen Appelo

Interview with Jurgen Appelo

Agile Greece Summit 2015: Level Achieved Agile Greece Summit 2016: Booting up! Have Jurgen Appelo as Keynote speaker: Pure Awesomeness!   Great Tony… Now tell me who is Jurgen Appelo? Jurgen is a top keynote speaker and writer, pioneering management in creative organizations. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. The rest I will leave it for him. We are really excited to have him in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his keynote session. Did you get your ticket? Now that you are done with it, let’s proceed to Jurgen’s interview then. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Jurgen Appelo, I have been a manager for many years and I’ve learned a lot about how to manage agile organizations. First as CIO of a web development company, now as CEO of Happy Melly, my own little global company. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will discuss managing the system for happiness. I find it important that employees enjoy their jobs. Because only when they are happy, they will play, run experiments, learn, innovate and create meaningful products and services. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I offer some concrete examples of practices that you could try with your own teams. But more importantly, I will try to inspire people to come up with their own experiments. Q: Can you give some...