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Agile Melodies Part IV: Follow the Rhythm of Your Teammates

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A Little Impromptu Music Jazz musicians who have never played together before are able to seamlessly create because of the genre’s universal set of rules and norms. Take a saxophonist from New York, a pianist from Tokyo, a bassist from Paris, and a drummer from Rio. If you call jazz standard (“Round Midnight, E-flat”), the […]

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14
Mon

Agile Melodies — Part III: Knowing Your Genre

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Have you ever been on a project where no one seems to know what’s going on? Your team followed the Scrum process by the book and delegated tasks—and still, no one seems to know what to do next. In the previous installment of this series, we stressed the importance of a rigid structure (sacred rule […]

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Tue

Agile Melodies – Part II: No, You Can’t Do Whatever You Want

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In the first post of this series, we discussed how a “traditional” symphony orchestra fell apart when asked to deviate from the original score, while an “agile” jazz combo followed right along as a saxophonist continued on his improvised solo for extra bars. I gravitated away from grade school band class and towards jazz combos […]

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14
Mon

Agile Melodies – Part I: Setting the Stage

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Let’s start with a couple of scenarios. Imagine that you’re sitting in the front row at the National Symphony. The lead violinist is in the final part of her solo piece of an exquisite concerto. The orchestra moves seamlessly with her every note, and the captivated audience is on the edge of their seats. Sensing […]

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