Agile for Massive Scale Art and a World Record Attempt

Imagine quickly organizing 1500 people to work on a massive project together. Imagine creating an art piece that's 100,000 square feet. Imagine doing it in three days and attempting to set a world record.

Chalkville was a massive scale art piece and world record attempt. This is the story of how we used Agile principles and practices to organize and execute our project over six months. Agile helped us form a team of inspired loving volunteers who would do anything for each other in pursuit of our goal. Does your team have that kind of vision and drive? Find out how we did it and what we learned.


Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

This session will be mostly lecture-style. If we do it as a 90 minute session, it will include a visioning workshop and other activities.

Learning Outcome

You'll learn:
- How to use Agile to iteratively create a great team
- How we applied Agile on a massive scale, world record attempt, community art piece
- The importance of Spirit in a great project

Target Audience

If you want to hear about Agile being used to create community, spirit, and art, you belong here!

schedule Submitted 6 years ago

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  • Richard Kasperowski
    By Richard Kasperowski  ~  5 years ago
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    @Ebin: I like this in Beyond Agile because it's not about software--it's about visual art.

    @Tathagat: Great idea! If we did this as a longer session, we could actually make art together!

  • Ebin John
    By Ebin John  ~  6 years ago
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    Hi Richard,

    Good topic. I feel that this topic is more relevant for theme "Scaling Agile Adoption". Can you please share some thoughts about the relevance of the topic with Beyond Agile?


  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  6 years ago
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    Richard - this seems like a great initiative and something that might have great value in terms of building a large group of volunteers together. In the links that you have shared, there are good refeence points for the project itself. However, I am looking for any specific pointer to what kind of planning you did over the 6 month period, how did you apply agile principles to accomplish your objectives, and so on. It would be great if you could share something on those lines that helps reviewers understand your line of thought much better. 

    PS: on second thoughts, could this be used to 'create' something in a 45 minute session by the attendees (rather than a conventional lecture)? That might actully help people experience the power of ideas in your presentation much better?


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