Scrum has quickly become a preferred methodology for developing educational content in a fast-paced world. But how do you take those agile concepts and apply them to an existing development team deeply rooted in linear processes? MedStar Health had a patient education video production team that was buried under projects. They needed to implement Scrum, and fast, but quickly found that the out-of-the-box process needed some customization.

In this case study session, explore how the production team from MedStar Health’s Simulation, Training, and Education Lab (SiTEL) made Scrum work across multiple linear video projects. Find out what blended well with the existing waterfall framework, what didn’t, and how the solution was customized to fit the team’s needs. You’ll learn how a staged, slow agile release process can facilitate acceptance and support. Learn about the video production life cycle and how to identify natural breaking points within a linear project to facilitate floating project tasks. You’ll learn the basics of managing multi-project sprint backlogs, stickies, and Scrum boards.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What the video production project life cycle is, and how to break up linear phases to fit within the incremental nature of a Scrum framework
  • How to manage multiple linear projects by finding natural breaking points and floating project tasks
  • How to adapt the Scrum board, stickies, and backlogs to support multiple video projects
  • How to introduce and pilot Scrum using a slow rollout to maximize team member support


Novice to intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.