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An agile method for teaching agile in business schools

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-131
JournalInternational Journal of Management Education
Journal publication dateNov 2013
Volume11
Issue3
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Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to describe, evaluate and discuss a new method for teaching agile project management and similar subjects in higher education.
Agile is not only a subject domain in this work, the teaching method itself is based on Scrum, a popular agile methodology mostly used in software development projects. The method is supported by wikis, a natural platform for simulation of software development environments.
The findings from the evaluation indicate that the method enables the creation of “significant learning”, which prepares students for life-long learning and increases their employability. However, the knowledge gains, resulting from wiki interactions are found to be more quantitative than qualitative.
The results also imply that despite the active promotion of agile values of communication and feedback, issues regarding the teamwork are still emerging. The engagement of the teacher in the learning and teaching process was discovered to be a motivational factor for the team cohesion.
This paper could be of interest to anyone planning to teach agile in the higher education settings, but also to a wider academic community interested in applying agile methods in their own teaching practice

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