Lemonade from Lemons: Tiny Desk Conference
3 days ago, spotify

In 2019, we began planning for Spotify’s second engineering conference set to take place in April 2020. It was expected to have about 1,500 attendees from a dozen different cities — seven separate tracks running for three days jam-packed with talks and, of course, social events, similar to the year before. The event was organized [...]

Listening Together, Miles Apart
2 weeks ago, spotify

Every second more than 30,000 people around the world press play on the same song on Spotify. Imagine if you could somehow see these musical connections as they were happening  and connecting us with people we’ve never met, miles apart.  Listening Together, a campaign we launched in April, has made that possibility a reality. Since [...]

How We Improved Developer Productivity for Our DevOps Teams
3 weeks ago, spotify

Across Spotify, our teams diligently strive to fulfill our mission to “unlock the potential of human creativity by giving millions of creative artists the opportunity to live off their work, and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it”. As product managers in the Platform Developer Experience (PDX) Tribe, part of [...]

How we use Golden Paths to solve fragmentation in our software ecosystem
1 month ago, spotify

“His spice-induced visions show him a myriad of possible futures where humanity has become extinct and only one where humanity survives. He names this future ‘The Golden Path’ and resolves to bring it to fruition.” The above is a snippet taken from a Fandom summary of Frank Herbert’s 1976 science fiction novel, Children of Dune. [...]

How We Use Golden Paths to Solve Fragmentation in Our Software Ecosystem
1 month ago, spotify

“His spice-induced visions show him a myriad of possible futures where humanity has become extinct and only one where humanity survives. He names this future ‘The Golden Path’ and resolves to bring it to fruition.” The above is a snippet taken from a Fandom summary of Frank Herbert’s 1976 science fiction novel, Children of Dune. [...]

My Beat: Erick Camacho
1 month ago, spotify

Erick joined our Stockholm office as an iOS Engineer more than 18 months ago. But right now, he’s working from home and missing the camaraderie of his close-knit team.

Leveraging Mobile Infrastructure with Data-Driven Decisions
1 month ago, spotify

TL;DR The pursuit wasn’t always easy, but “putting data first” has helped Spotify dramatically improve the infrastructure team’s decision-making process while improving company productivity. Raul Herbster describes the benefits, especially for mobile DevOps teams.  Unsurprisingly, good infrastructure and tools play an essential role in Spotify’s efforts to help developers improve their productivity. We are constantly [...]

Tech Migrations, the Spotify Way
2 months ago, spotify

Stuck in the long tail In our experience, big technology upgrade efforts or migrations (as we fondly call them at Spotify) gear up with a lot of momentum in the beginning but tend to get stuck in the mud over time, eventually leading to a long tail of systems still left running on older versions. [...]

My Beat: Carl Engström
3 months ago, spotify

Meet some of our busy engineers, product managers and technical team members – who are working from home at the moment, but still have plenty of big projects in the pipeline. Carl Engström (known to everyone as “Eng”) is a Staff Engineer in our Gothenburg office. But right now, he’s staying home and keeping busy […]

Spotify Modernizes Client-Side Architecture to Accelerate Service on All Devices
3 months ago, spotify

Engineer Carl Engström explains how lifting the 10,000 limit on Liked Songs enabled his team to address a much deeper issue and improve the listening experience of end users, whatever their device or network.    At first glance, lifting the 10,000 limit on Liked Songs seems like a simple engineering exercise. Some Reddit commentators even […]

My Beat: Alia Rose Connor
4 months ago, spotify

Meet some of our busy engineers, product managers and technical team members – who are working from home at the moment, but still have plenty of big projects in the pipeline. Alia works as an Agile Coach Manager in our New York office. But right now, she’s 150km away – working from her house in […]

How We Gave Superpowers to Our macOS CI
4 months ago, spotify

Discover how we shortened the feedback loop of pre-merge verification checks for our iOS applications by up to 75%. Who doesn’t love a continuous integration system that is stable, fast, reliable and feels transparent to its users? One of the missions of the Client Platform tribe at Spotify is to improve the continuous integration and […]

How We Use Backstage at Spotify
4 months ago, spotify

Backstage is Spotify’s homegrown developer portal. We’ve been using it internally for years, but only recently released the open source version. You can read more about what Backstage does, and our plans for its future, in our previous post, “What the heck is Backstage anyway?” But this post is going to be less telling and […]

My Beat: Ann Clifton
5 months ago, spotify

Meet some of our busy engineers, product managers and technical team members – who are working from home at the moment, but still have plenty of big projects in the pipeline. Ann is a Senior Research Scientist and has worked in our New York office for just over a year. She spoke to us from […]

Introducing the Spotify Podcast Dataset and TREC Challenge 2020
5 months ago, spotify

Podcasts are exploding in popularity. Since 2015, we’ve added hundreds of thousands of shows, and users are listening more and more. With the additions of acquisitions including Gimlet and Parcast, we have a whole host of expertly created content, and with the addition of DIY podcasting platform Anchor, now everyone has access to tools to […]

Reach for the Top: How Spotify built Shortcuts in Just Six Months
5 months ago, spotify

The launch of Shortcuts, which now appears at the top of Spotify Home, is an important step forward in how listeners experience their favorite music and podcasts. Engineering Manager, Damien Tardieu, tells the story behind the launch of this exciting new feature and why the methodology chosen to support its development was the foundation for […]

Reach for the Top: How Spotify Built Shortcuts in Just Six Months
5 months ago, spotify

The launch of Shortcuts, which now appears at the top of Spotify Home, is an important step forward in how listeners experience their favorite music and podcasts. Engineering Manager, Damien Tardieu, tells the story behind the launch of this exciting new feature and why the methodology chosen to support its development was the foundation for […]

When should I write an Architecture Decision Record?
5 months ago, spotify

tl;dr Have you made a significant decision that impacts how engineers write software? Write an ADR! An Architecture Decision Record (ADR) is a document that captures a decision, including the context of how the decision was made and the consequences of adopting the decision.  At Spotify, a handful of teams use ADRs to document their […]

When should I write an Architecture Decision Record
5 months ago, spotify

tl;dr Have you made a significant decision that impacts how engineers write software? Write an ADR! An Architecture Decision Record (ADR) is a document that captures a decision, including the context of how the decision was made and the consequences of adopting the decision.  At Spotify, a handful of teams use ADRs to document their decisions. One [...]

My Beat: Stefan Ålund
5 months ago, spotify

Meet some of our busy engineers, product managers and technical team members – who are working from home at the moment, but still have plenty of big projects in the pipeline. Stefan works as a Senior Product Manager in our Stockholm office. But at the moment, he – like much of the world – is […]

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