(Spotify) Models are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of the wise

Models are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of the wise

A fool reads a case study and/or watches a video, maybe two, and thinks:

  • This must be a utopia!
  • If I just copy this, then my workplace will also be a utopia!
  • If I just copy this and then my workplace doesn’t turn into a utopia, then it must be that the model doesn’t work.
  • If I join the company this case study is about and it’s not a utopia, then it must all be lies!
  • What problem are they solving? What forces are they considering?
  • These patterns seem similar to others I’m aware of or have applied myself.
  • These patterns are different and may be interesting to experiment with.
  • I’d expect that if we tried this, we’d have to modify it for our context.
  • I’d expect that if I looked more closely, or even joined this company, that it won’t be a utopia but they might be headed in the right direction.

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Jason Yip

Jason Yip

Staff Agile Coach at Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl