Don't Stick to the Plan

How Agile Programme Management unleashes a concert's full potential

Steven Walter, by Andrej Grilc
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 15 conference
  • date:22 May 2015
  • time:15:00 - 15:45
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:de Doelen - Conference Room 1
  • country:Netherlands
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts

Chaired by:

Steven Walter (Germany)
Artistic & managing director, PODIUM Festival Esslingen

The process of programming in the field of classic music is still strongly based on predictability: an artistic idea, that has been developed, is supposed to be produced according to that idea. In particular the system of sponsorship and application assumes this process, in which the artistic idea and its production are independent procedures. Agile Program Management describes a radical open ended procedure, in which the process is more important than the anticipated artistic outcome. It assumes, that such a non-linear thing as creativity is by it’s nature unpredictable and highly influenced by random turns and emergence of game-changing new ideas, which are won’t come to life if we “stick to a plan”. Agile Program Management thus tries to keep the process agile as long possible – in my opinion an valuable framework and almost requirement for artistic innovation. With examples from our work at PODIUM Esslingen and fail-reports, from which we can learn.


Steven Walter:
Steven Walter is a cultural entrepreneur and cellist currently based in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany.
He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many venues in Europe and the US, mainly specializing on the creation of unique concert formats.
Steven is founder and artistic & managing director of PODIUM Esslingen.

Photo credit: Steven Walter, by Andrej Grilc