(Potentially) better tradeoffs than Spotify Model.

  • Engineering managers partner with product managers to manage accountability, speed/quality tradeoffs, technical direction, together for a team.
  • Teams articulate value, risk, next steps to leadership and other teams to create strategic alignment with the organization.
  • Teams earn autonomy by rejecting isolation and sharing how they want to be held accountable for doing the best projects.
  • Teams collaborate with one another to pursue organization goals.


  1. Jeremiah Lee, “Spotify’s Failed #SquadGoals,” April 19, 2020, https://www.jeremiahlee.com/posts/failed-squad-goals/. (See notes.)