Tradeoffs in the Spotify Model, continued.

Reporting Stability

Optimizes for retaining one’s manager, assumes that day-to-day peer and team relationships are transient.


Navigating inter-team relationships is not well-defined. Teams optimize for their own interests and little structure is provided to help other priorities. Alignment is second to autonomy.


  1. Jeremiah Lee, “Spotify’s Failed #SquadGoals,” April 19, 2020, (See notes.)