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Teaching Agile: Addressing the Conflict Between Project Delivery and Application of Agile Methods

Jan-Philipp Steghöfer ; Eric Knauss ; Emil Alégroth (Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (Chalmers)) ; Imed Hammouda ; Håkan Burden ; Morgan Ericsson
Proceedings of 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2016) (2016)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

This paper analyses the changes we have made in teaching agile methodologies, practices, and principles in four courses in order to address a specific dilemma: students need to apply agile methods in order to learn them, but when complementing our courses with applied content,we face the problem that students perceive the learning and application of agile methods as less important than delivering a finished product at the end of the course. This causes students to not apply theoretical process knowledge and therefore to not develop necessary skills associated with working with defined processes in the industry. Concretely, we report on our experience with teaching Scrum with Lego, removing formal grading requirements on the delivered product, emphasising process application in post-mortem reports, and organisational changes to support the process during supervision. These changes are analysed in the context of student satisfaction, teacher observations, and achievements of learning outcomes. We also provide an overview of the lessons learnt to help guide the design of courses on agile methodologies.

Nyckelord: Teaching, Agile Methodogies, Project-based Learning, Scrum, Software Engineering Education


Software Engineering Education Track, Austin, TX, USA



Denna post skapades 2016-03-09.
CPL Pubid: 233003

 

Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik (GU) (GU)
Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Ämnesområden

Programvaruteknik

Chalmers infrastruktur