Seth Godin’s definition of art is along the lines of
Art is unique, new, and challenging to the status quo.
Godin, Seth (2010-01-19). Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (p. 86). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
If you get the opportunity to work with a stagnant team, the defensive of the status quo can be a challenging obstacle to overcome. So then, what tool(s) are available? How can the team move forward?
The book “Pragmatic Thinking & Learning: Refactor Your Wetware by Andy Hunt” discusses the value of context. This body speaks to the value of context in many, many activities.
What context defined the rule(s) of the status quo?
For example, the context of automated testing has changed with the advent of virtualization, such that many old rules simply no longer apply. As an artist, one needs to challenge the status quo. Perhaps it can be argued that the context of the status quo has changed and the current context invalidates the status quo.
It can be easy to defend the status quo, by simply stating: “We’ve always done it this way.” It’s harder to defend practices that were relevant in a clearly obsolete context.