JCESR is supplementing the traditional project management approach using “Sprints.” Sprints are small teams of dedicated researchers formed specifically to solve a select JCESR research challenge within a short time.

Using the Sprint approach, JCESR takes a single question from our catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicates a small, multidisciplinary team of 5-15 members to answer it in 1-6 months, enabling us to move forward more rapidly in our research. The Sprint team works on that challenge in close contact with each other, meeting weekly or even daily to discuss their progress and refine their plan.

Once the Sprint is complete, the outcome is documented in our project plan and circulated within JCESR and the broader research community. The resulting new knowledge then informs and inspires subsequent research challenges.

Sprints give early career scientists the opportunity to lead multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams, often a formative career experience. It also gives them the chance to meet peers and industry leaders across multiple organizations. This would not be possible using a traditional project management approach.

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