Tradeoffs in the Spotify Model.


Engineering managers aren’t involved to create accountability for project work. Product managers must escalate if persuasion isn’t working. Little opportunity for other teams or org to hold a team accountable.


Teams can move fast and influence what they want with little red tape, dependencies, accountability to others’ desires.


Product manager represents all leadership/authority for the team with no “CTO”. Manages engineers and technical decisions and priorities and planning.


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