Artists tend to function in ways that are intuitively Agile. Working closely alongside arts leaders for nearly twenty years before becoming a Scrum Master, I have devised a set of practices that solopreneurs, freelancers or anyone working without Agile support in a larger company can practice to become more productive and contribute positively to organizational culture. I have been putting this into practice for managing deliverables with my own clients as a consultant. Each practice has two parts. For example, Scrum of One Timeboxing includes Step One: Give Yourself a Deadline. Step Two: Blackmail Yourself by Putting it in Print. Another is Scrum of One Product Ownership Step One: Figure out who your patron is. Step Two: Show them your works-in-progress and ask for feedback. A particularly powerful practice is Scrum of One Standups Step One: set up regular times to meet on a given project. Step Two: keep to the schedule, and if you’re the only one who shows up, document and report on the hurdles you’re facing. Scrum of One can help many more people adopt the Agile mindset that is a precursor to smooth collaboration on teams.
Speakers: Elinor Slomba, E. Slomba Arts Interstices