"We have come to value...individuals and interactions over processes and tools"
We are in a historical period of disruption and crisis on many fronts. Events of the past two years have led us to become withdrawn, socially disengaged, even suspicious of one another. The covid19 pandemic resulted in the closing down of many social spaces, including offices and other places of work, driving vast numbers of people onto their computers as their only form of interaction. Now we are emerging from this social desert, it is not enough to just assume "business as (pre-pandemic) usual". Something much more is needed. This is the time to explore new possibilities in how we interact. It is time to reinvent our social and professional lives, to rethink what it means to be in community, and to turn our attention more passionately to the systems that caused the breakdown in the first place—our self-crafted culture of short-term profiteering at the expense of personal, community and global health, welfare and survival, our self-centered decisions that have led to world hunger, continuous war and the present climate crisis. Something must change, and that something is probably everything.
"Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done."
— Principles behind the Agile Manifesto #5
What has Scrum got to do with all this? Absolutely nothing, if we use Scrum as a way to coerce and micromanage a workforce (sadly, how many use it) but almost everything if we embrace Scrum for what it truly is: a team-centric, relationship-oriented, other-focussed, uplifting, autonomous and reflective way to show up for work and in life. Scrum is a simple framework for solving complex problems—and we have so many of those today! Rooted firmly in the scientific method of discovery, and drawing on sixty-thousand-year-old practices of creative making, Scrum has the potential to reform and recreate the world of work. And that is what this event is all about. Please join us. Be the change.
"Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage."
— Principles behind the Agile Manifesto #2
It has long been recognised that an Agile approach to any creative work, sharpens an organisation's competitive edge. Scrum in particular has been successfully applied in the areas of law, curriculum design, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), scientific research, church, event organisation and workplace transformation, to name just a few. The intent of Scrum Beyond Software is both to share experiences and to explore new avenues.
"The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams."
— Principles behind the Agile Manifesto #11
This event is conducted using Open Space Technology—the cutting-edge of self-organisation. There is no prescribed agenda; the schedule is created on the day of the event, on the fly, and continuously updated. As ideas come to participants they schedule sessions to explore. If at least one other person is interested we have a new session. Using Zoom for this event allows us to create infinite breakout rooms.
It is also important to consolidate learnings with the whole group, so periods of reflection will occur throughout the day to share learnings, adjust the agenda, raise (and resolve) concerns, assess value and find ways to improve on the fly.
There are no invited speakers, no keynotes, and no superstars. Everyone present is an equal participant and can choose to do as much or as little as they like.
Participants take responsibility to meet their own needs and to serve the group as a whole.
"At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly."
— Principles behind the Agile Manifesto #12
The event will run around the clock to accomodate people in all time zones. It starts at 9 am EST on Saturday 24th, and ends at 10 am EST the following day, the final space-closing taking up the extra (25th) hour.
There will be whole group gatherings at the start of the event, and then every five hours. At these gatherings the agenda will be reassessed and reset as appropriate. You can join whenever you like, stay as long as you like, drop out and return as often as you like, and generally manage your own attendance. It is advisable to time your presence to include at least one full group meeting. Breaks are at the discretion of the individuals, or any of the on-the-fly collectives that may form.
The last hour, 9-10 am EST, will be a final space-closing, making the full duration of the event 25 hours in total.
"Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential."
— Principles behind the Agile Manifesto #10
Open Space facilitation is gentle, light-touch, and releasing. Facilitators Suzanne Daigle and François Knuchel, will act as listeners, guides and space-holders for the experience, maximizing the amount of work not done, while still creating a meaningful environment for growth and change.
If Scrum Beyond Software is a garden, we the participants are its fruits and flowers, Suzanne and François the tender-hearted, organically-oriented gardeners.
Admission price remains as low as possible, to encourage all to attend. The Philanthropist ticket supports those on low or no income—and if that's you, please get in touch for a pay-what-you-can ticket code.
Philanthropist: £200 + VAT
Standard: £100 + VAT
Subsidised: £50 + VAT
If you're broke, or philosophically opposed to paying for open space events, please request a £0 ticket code.
Date & Time
Start: Saturday 24th Sep.
9 am East Coast (2pm UK)
End: Sunday 25th Sep.
9 am East Coast (2pm UK)
Details given on registration
Click a name to learn reasons for attending.
Please contact Tobias Mayer with questions or requests.
Page published: 27/05/2022
Last updated: 20/08/2022
Image: Dymaxion/Fuller projection of the world (original source for this particular image not available)
Historical Context: Twelve years ago a small group of highly motivated Scrum and Open Space enthusiasts hosted the amazing Scrum Beyond Software gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, with around fifty participants. The ideas generated and later actioned were seminal for many who attended. We've long talked about a follow-up event as an opportunity to reconnect and to reach a broader audience. So here, exactly twelve years on is the second Scrum Beyond Software event, with the emphasis firmly on the middle word: Beyond.