Scrum in the Museum: An Agile Framework for Managing Projects

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020: 9:00am - 12:00pm -

Daniel Gale-Rosen, Alley, USA, Tim Schwartz, Alley Interactive, USA, Jonathan Byerley, Alley, USA

Some museums simply do things the way they’ve always been done: make a big plan and go in order through steps 1, 2, 3… What happens when things don’t go according to plan? What happens when priorities shift? Traditional project management frameworks aren’t flexible — one change can have a domino effect, leading to missed deadlines or working on the weekends. 

Agile frameworks are flexible by definition, allowing teams to pivot and actively react to changes. Scrum is an agile framework that has proven to be incredibly beneficial for product development and general task management, and it can be especially effective within nonprofits. It allows groups working together to adapt to changes and prioritize what is important at any time, creating a highly efficient team and projects with limited waste. 

In this session we will introduce Scrum through its key roles, artifacts, and meeting rituals. We will provide examples that demonstrate how Scrum can work for any type of project, from your website to your next exhibition. Through an interactive lecture, the audience will learn and practice Scrum methodology, together creating a project backlog that the presenters will guide through to completion. 

The Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and a number of other museums have seen success implementing agile frameworks. Our goal is to help our attendee organizations do the same!

Much has been written on the topic of Scrum, and the presenters from Alley have been working in this method for many years. We have successfully brought the framework to museums, and will aim to include speakers from museums into the process, such as Douglas Hegley, from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, although those have not yet been confirmed.