Managing Software at Scale: Kelsey Hightower Talks with Niklas Gustavsson about Fleet Management


October 5, 2023

Published by Spotify Engineering

How does Spotify handle a sprawling tech ecosystem made up of 500+ squads managing over 10,000 software program elements in manufacturing? Last November, Google Cloud distinguished engineer Kelsey Hightower met with Spotify chief architect Niklas Gustavsson at Spotify’s workplace in Gothenburg, Sweden, to speak about simply that. 

Watch the video under to listen to the 2 go deep on what it’s wish to construct at Spotify scale — and find out how Fleet Management doesn’t simply hold our software program ecosystem more healthy and safer, it additionally helps us enhance developer effectiveness by reducing engineering toil.

Kelsey and Niklas contact on a variety of matters of their hour-long chat, together with: the evolution of Spotify’s squad mannequin, the significance of clear possession (whether or not it’s for a complete part, a dependency, or simply proudly owning a single change to a part), the issues devs nonetheless simply should study the laborious manner as a part of changing into a greater developer, the way in which Backstage unifies software program administration by making a centralized, cohesive UX to your tech ecosystem, the enterprise worth of investing in developer expertise, making Fleet Management an on a regular basis instrument that any crew can use, and plenty, heaps extra.

Watch the video to study extra about:

  • Evolving the squad mannequin 
  • Moving up the stack
  • Shifting to a fleet-first mindset
  • Monorepos vs polyrepos
  • Managing the fleet
  • Ownership and fleetwide modifications (and Log4j)
  • Building consensus for big architectural modifications
  • Plugging into Backstage
  • Investing in developer expertise
  • The way forward for Fleet Management

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