I don't want to implement the Spotify-model!

Spotify is cool. In the last month I heard three organizations saying they want to implement or copy the Spotify-model and I know some organizations are working on implementing it as we speak. But is this really a good idea?

I will explain why in general I don't want to implement a success model from another company using guidelines to deal with complexity. There are eight guidelines that you can use to deal with complexity. Three of them make it clear why you can't just copy a model from another organization. I will talk about those three guidelines and explain them.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • 5 minutes - Welcome - set the context
  • 10 minutes - what is the spotify model
  • 10 minutes - why not implement the spotify model
  • 10 minutes - Let's talk about my statement...
  • 5 minutes - Closing

Learning Outcome

Awareness that coping models of other organizations is not the way to go. They can inspire you but that is it.

Target Audience

Management, Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Team Leads, Senior Professionals

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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  • Vinod Kumaar R
    By Vinod Kumaar R  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ralph,

    The structure gives me an impression that it is a critical view of Spotify's model.

    If I read it right it is about your view and approach, where Spotify figures as an example that won't fit your criteria and also the needs to look at understanding the intent behind the model than copying the model itself. 

    Also a side note, Spotify themselves say that don't follow like Cargo Cult



    • Ralph van Roosmalen
      By Ralph van Roosmalen  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Vinod,


      Thank you for your feedback.

      The session is not about judging the Spotify model, totally not at all. I believe they have a great Engineering Culture.

      The goal of the session is, and you should look it more as a column in a newspaper, that organizations should not copy any model to solve their problem. To explain this, I am using the Spotify model, where during my research did conclude many organizations use it as a model that will solve all their issues...

      Maybe you have some to time read the LinkedIn blog, I think this will clarify things.

      Yes, I know Spotify says should not copy them, it is even in their culture videos. Unfortunately, many organizations still do.


      Best regards




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