Henrik Kniberg from Spotify wrote an excellent piece of how Spotify as a engineering company works. They have what I kind consider as best practises of software development at the moment.
To whet your appetite, here’s few quotes that resonate well for me

Value delivery > Plan fulfilment

At the end of the day, culture in any organisation, is really just the sum of everyone’s attitudes and actions.

Alignment enables autonomy

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Drawings available at the original post.