PEOPLE taskforce co-creating and planning in the Netherlands

  • PEOPLE project, Scrum methodology, social sciences

Six members of the PEOPLE project team met up in Arnhem for a two-day intensive workshop, co-creating the forthcoming events, in particular the Co-Creation Camp that will take place in July, as well as ongoing project tasks.

Workshop in Arnhem: PEOPLE Team Co-Creating

On 6 – 7 March 2018, PEOPLE industry partner Alliander hosted six PEOPLE team members at their headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Team members used co-creation techniques to assess the project’s midterm evaluation strategy and community building efforts, to discuss the project’s impact creation, and to plan for the upcoming milestone – the Co-Creation Camp.

Co-Creation Camp in Amsterdam

Thus far, four research and development teams, comprised by students, academic and industry mentors, have been working on four distinct case studies in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. On 4th and 5th July 2018, however, all four teams will gather in Amsterdam for the 1st PEOPLE Co-Creation Camp.

Planning for the PEOPLE Co-Creation Camp: Desired results, target groups, and programme ideas.

The students, academic and industry mentors from all four participating countries will get together and take part in a number of workshops to share and discuss the results of their individual case studies. They will also present their research and development methods, as well as the project results, to an international external public from academic, research, and business environments. Over the two days, they will have the opportunity to work with and learn from an expert in people-centred research and development.


Social scientists meet Scrum methodology

In Arnhem, PEOPLE team also participated in a three-hour workshop on Scrum methodology, organised by Alliander. They learned the basics of the approach, most often used in software development projects. Interpreting Scrum as a framework for managing work processes, also in non-IT projects, they discussed the potential value that this methodology could bring to managing tasks within PEOPLE. Iteration being central both to our people-centred development approach as well as Scrum, workshop participants drew parallels between the two. Furthermore, the team looked at the methodology from a different perspective and initiated a discussion on what the social sciences could bring into Scrum.