Agile at Scale with Joakim Sundén

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  • 13th - 16th October 2020, Online Course, delivered by Joakim Sundén


Want to build an organisation that enables agile at scale and unleashes the power of small autonomous teams? This course will give you inspiring real world examples of how Spotify grew a dynamic learning organisation that continually reinforces a high-trust culture and supports engaged autonomous teams.

Agile at Scale with Joakim Sundén

"The Spotify Model" of agile at scale has had a huge amount of attention in the agile community since it was first shared widely in 2012. Though never originally intended as a framework or model, the case study of Spotify's approach to agile working has become a hit with a large number of organisations who have opted to imitate the method.

This course will help you and your team to understand how and why it was optimized, the challenges that come with the method, and how companies can adapt and continue to evolve while employing this strategy of agile at scale. You will gain a deep and wide knowledge of how Spotify works under the hood, which will enable you to see more options for improving organisational design with regards to your context and boundaries.

You will learn why Spotify made the decisions they made, other options which were considered, and which changes were intentional and which were emergent. This hands-on workshop will explore underlying principles and go into specific practices and mechanisms. You will learn how to combine small, autonomous teams with strategic business alignment, how to work with leadership and growing leaders, innovation and the values and beliefs which shape the culture which created "The Spotify Model".

Online Learning at Skills Matter

This course will be offered virtually over 4 half‑day sessions of 5 hours each.

Since 2013 Skills Matter has been offering unparalleled training led by the creators and innovators behind cutting-edge technologies and methodologies. In this unprecedented time, we’ve moved out of the classroom to offer online training for the remainder of 2020.

Our virtual courses offer the same expert-led, hands-on experience as always — only now we’re making it accessible around the globe from the comfort of your own home (office).

Learn how to:

Create a workplace that enables Agile at scale

Redesign your organization to better engage employees & leverage the power of autonomous teams

Combine small, autonomous teams with strategic business alignment

Work with leadership and emerging leaders

Tackle challenges which come with agile methodology

Understand the Spotify development framework and apply it in context to your business

About the Author

Joakim Sundén

Now a consultant at Crisp and co-author of Kanban in Action, Joakim Sundén worked as a leadership and team coach at Spotify during a period of massive growth for the company, guiding teams in Stockholm, San Francisco, New York and Boston towards a smoother Agile methodology that allowed for greater business alignment between teams and more effective software delivery.

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The team that learns together succeeds together

This course covers:

  • The History of Spotify
  • How to Build Great Autonomous Teams (a.k.a squads)
  • Organisational Structure to Support the Squads (chapters, tribes, and guilds)
  • The Spotify Rhythm & OKRs (cross team, strategic business alignment and prioritization)
  • Team and Tribe Leadership
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Competence and Development Frameworks
  • Culture, Principles and Values
  • How Scrum, Kanban and XP fit into the Spotify Culture
  • Think It, Build It, Ship It, Tweak It: The Spotify Product Development Framework
  • Sharing and Spreading Knowledge
  • Transparency and Communication
  • Challenges, Lessons Learned and Failed Experiments



Agile at Scale: This two-day course will give you inspiring real world examples of how Spotify grew a dynamic learning organisation that continually reinforces a high-trust culture and supports engaged autonomous teams.

This course is for anyone interested in revitalizing the agile working methods of their business, including progressive leaders and managers, agile coaches, scrum masters, product owners, project managers, organisational change agents, consultants and HR, and their teams.


Basic knowledge of agile principles and practices, e.g. some experience with Scrum, will help you better understand the content.