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Marija Cubric
23 June 2011

BMAF Workshop – Teaching Agile in Business Schools

DATE: 24 Jun 2011

LOCATION/VENUE: University of Hertfordshire de Havilland campus, Hatfield (room N105) , UK, AL10 9EU

 Aims and Objectives

Agile is an “umbrella” term for a set of related system development and project management methodologies based on individuals, interactions, working products, close collaboration with customers and rapid response to change. According to the most recent Forrester/Dr. Dobbs Global Developer Technographics® Survey, Q3 2009, 35% of respondents stated that Agile most closely reflects their development process, with the number increasing to 45% when an extended definition of Agile is used. This rapid adoption of agile methodologies in IT departments is indicating the need for spreading the understanding and application of agile principles and practices in other non-IT business units.
The objectives are to:

  • Present lessons learned from teaching agile in Computer Science curriculum;
  • Present industry views on the relevance of agile approach for businesses and organizations
  • Present educational case-studies, with the emphasis on pedagogical issues
  • Facilitate discussion of the practical implications of teaching agile in business schools, in particular, on theoretical background of agile and current research in agile


10.00-10.15 Registration, Refreshments and Introductions

10.15-10.30 Welcome by Dean of Business School

10.30-11.15 Keynote by Helen Sharp, OU (indicative topic: Academic Research in Agile (CS/IT) domain)

11.15-12.00 Industry Insights: Roger Leaton(BT)

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-13.45 Presentations: indicative list of topics/ presenters:

  • Colston Sanger, (Faculty of Business, London South Bank University):  Teaching Agile Project Management in an Agile way: Learning and teaching as we mean to go on 
  • Katie Taylor (School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Science, University of Central Lancashire): Teaching Agile Development: a 15 year Retrospective
  • Marija Cubric (Business School, University of Hertfordshire):  SCRUM –based learning and teaching.

13.45-14.45 Discussions

14.45-15.15 Refreshments and Networking

15.15-15.30 Wrap-up and Close

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