Mugility,Agile approach in Music Production – Part 1
When I established “Musicloudstudio & Technology,” a startup offering music production services to corporates and independent artists, I encountered several challenges in the process of defining, ideating, creating, and gaining acceptance. Drawing from my project management experience in the IT field, I found ways to leverage Agile and Waterfall frameworks as the backbone of my music production and people management processes, forming what I refer to as “Mugility.”
Mugility is a hybrid model inspired by the principles of Disciplined Agile, tailored specifically to the unique needs of the music industry. It provides a structured approach that guides us from the initial stages to the final delivery of music projects.
By incorporating Agile methodologies, we embrace flexibility, iterative development, and collaborative decision-making, enabling us to adapt to changing requirements and deliver high-quality music that meets our clients’ expectations. At the same time, we also recognize the importance of incorporating aspects of the Waterfall approach to ensure a well-defined plan, comprehensive documentation, and a systematic workflow throughout the production process.
Through the Mugility model, we aim to strike a balance between agility and structure, allowing us to navigate the complexities of music production while maintaining efficiency and delivering exceptional results for our clients. This approach ensures that our team remains adaptable, responsive, and focused on creating outstanding music experiences for our clients and artists.
Just as the seven notes in music form the foundation of every composition, it is fascinating to see that out of the 12 agile principles, at least 8 of them are remarkably relevant and applicable in music production as well.
The principle of valuing individuals and interactions emphasizes the importance of collaboration among musicians, producers, and other team members to create harmonious and cohesive music.
Embracing change and responding to feedback allows for constant improvement and refinement of the musical elements, ensuring that the final product meets the desired vision.
Iterative development and continuous delivery enable musicians to experiment, refine, and enhance their musical ideas over time, resulting in a polished and captivating composition.
The principle of sustainable pace promotes a balanced and healthy approach to music production, preventing burnout and ensuring that the creative process remains enjoyable and fulfilling.
Fostering self-organizing teams empowers musicians and production staff to take ownership of their roles, contributing to a collaborative and creative environment.
The focus on technical excellence encourages musicians to hone their craft, pushing the boundaries of their skills and delivering high-quality music that captivates the audience.
Customer collaboration is essential in understanding the target audience and crafting music that resonates with their preferences and emotions.
Lastly, the principle of simplicity encourages musicians to strip away unnecessary complexity, focusing on the core elements that convey the intended message and evoke emotions effectively.
By embracing these agile principles in music production, musicians can create captivating compositions that connect with listeners on a profound level, just like the power of the seven notes in music.
In my next write up, let me go in detail to demonstrate how agile delivery frame helps to compose songs or Music Production