Beyond burnout: How I made my PhD and social research agile by adapting scrum values
Date & Time
Friday, June 16, 2023, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Shazade Jameson

I am a social science and policy researcher. In the last few years, I worked on my PhD at the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society, and I collaborated on several other research projects, including work on AI & Cities for UN-Habitat with the MILA -Quebec AI Institute. As you can imagine, these environments are far from software development, and they have little to no understanding of what agile is about. In my working world, agile is often seen as an alien, and sometimes evil, construct. Discovering agile and scrum after my burnout was a life changing experience, because it allowed me to create work from a place of trust in a complex environment that had little constraints or guidance. Agile became a tool for creating calm and sanity in a hectic world, and when I saw how well it was working for me, I became a passionate advocate. In this experience report, I want to share my understanding and what lessons I learnt in this journey. I want to share the practicalities of what worked, what failed and what I adapted for a single person nonfiction writing project. I’ll share what inspired my peers and concerned my professors. My hope is that my contribution might help others in a similar position, and can broaden the conversation about agile that it is not just for software - it’s part of the next generation of leadership.

Location Name
Grote Zaal, 2nd floor
Full Address
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
Amsterdam 1019 HC
Session Type
Experience Report
Track Color
Session Length
scrum values
social science
Learning Objectives
Process Innovation