"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 Events of the past three years have led us to become withdrawn, socially disengaged, even suspicious of one another. The rise of populism, wokeism, cancel culture, and the mainstream silencing of the dissenting voice has created rifts in community, mistrust and suspicion of our neighbours, and fear of "the other", fuelled by social media platforms and mainstream press alike. Overwhelmed by anger and hate we retreat into self, with the resulting isolation causing a massive rise in mental illness.
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 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 have led to world hunger, continuous war, disease, 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 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. The space we are using, with its wide outdoors, allows for as many new sessions as we need.
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 takes place on Saturday 7th October 2023, in central Amsterdam, Netherlands. It starts at 9 am and ends at 6 pm, (local time) with a one hour break for lunch in the middle of the day.
There will be whole group alignments at the start of the event and on return from lunch, with spontaneous alignments throughout the day, as the need arises. At these moments the agenda will be inspected and adjusted as appropriate. There will be a formal closure at the end of the day.
"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. Facilitator Charles-Louis de Maere will act as listener, guide and space-holder for the experience, maximizing the amount of work not done, while still creating a meaningful environment for growth and change.
If Scrum Beyond is a garden, we the participants are its fruits and flowers, Charles-Louis the tender-hearted, organically-oriented gardener.
Offered in partnership with
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.
Trailblazer: €100 — first 10
If you're broke, or philosophically opposed to paying for open space events, please request a €0 ticket code. NL residents only.
Date & Time
Saturday 7th October
Start: 9 am CEST
End: 6 pm CEST
Huis van de Wijk De Meeuw
1021 PH Amsterdam
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Please contact Tobias Mayer with questions or requests.
Page published: 26/06/2023 00:00:00
Image: Kintsugi creation, from indoindians.com
Historical Context: In the autumn of 2010 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. Our second event occurred exactly twelve years later as a 24-hour online event. Now a year on from that, we have recast the name simply as Scrum Beyond and once again offer the event in its original, physical form.