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Smooth Scrum: Lessons from the Theatre

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The last few decades of the American theater have seen a rapid growth in the number of ‘devising ensembles’—playwrights, actors, directors, and designers working together in collaborative groups to develop plays. It's agile development for the American stage.
Instead of beginning with a script—which is really nothing more than a fixed, detailed set of requirements that have to be met in design and development—theater artists are working collaboratively to transform a few rough (user) stories into a fully fleshed-out experience through the theatrical equivalent of sprints… with tremendous, ground-breaking results.
Any number of lessons from the world of devised theater can teach us a great deal about how to make scrum projects more creative, satisfying, successful, and smooth than their traditional waterfall counterparts. If your scrum practice needs a creative boost, this session might be the answer.

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Gwydion Suilebhan Account & Creative Dir Threespot

Gwydion provides strategic leadership and creative direction for a wide variety of non-profit, government, and corporate clients. During his tenure at Threespot he has orchestrated creative solutions for arts and culture organizations (NPR, McClatchy, XM Radio, Chronicle of Higher Education), government agencies (Peace Corps, the U.S. Department of State), science and health care organizations (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Academies), and advocacy groups/think-tanks (Council on Foreign Relations, Drug Policy Alliance, Pre-K Now). His projects have earned Threespot numerous awards, including three Webby Awards and nominations, and inclusion in the ninth annual AIGA 50.

Prior to joining Threespot, Gwydion developed interactive solutions for a wide variety of educational clients, including Discovery Communications, U.S. News & World Report, Johns Hopkins, Kaplan/Score, and the Kennedy Center. Before joining the interactive industry, he worked as both a professor and a freelance journalist for several years.

Outside of Threespot, Gwydion is an award-winning playwright whose work has been commissioned and produced around the United States. He holds a master’s degree in poetry from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in writing from Northwestern University, and his writing on the arts and technology regularly appears on several online journals. In addition, Gwydion lectures on related subjects to organizations as diverse as TEDxMichiganAve, TEDxWDC, the Center for Inquiry, and the Ethical Society.