LabScrum: A Case Study for Agility in Academic Research Labs

Posted June 25, 2019 in Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence Cutter Business Technology Journal
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This article takes agility out of its normal domain of product development into the world of research, where its use is not at all obvious. They outline the cultural blockers, note the obvious mismatches to ordinary agility, and describe how they adapted both the ceremonies of traditional agility and their own culture to form an effective final mixture.

About The Author
Lisa May
Lisa May is Assistant Director of Operations for the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon, where she developed LabScrum as part of her Agile coaching. Previously, her research focused on the brain chemistry by which psychology impacts pain perception. Dr. May earned a PhD in social neuroscience from the University of Oregon. She can be reached at
Tamara Runyon
Tamara Runyon is a Scrum trainer and enterprise Agile coach with more than 30 years’ experience in business management and software development. Ms. Runyon is founder and President of Advanced Project Management, Inc. (APMI), as well as Applied Scrum LLC, an Agile consulting business and division of APMI focused on helping organizations adopt and scale Agile practices. She can be reached at
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