Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning: Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom

Edited by David Parsons and Kathryn MacCallum

The forthcoming edited book, “Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning: Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom” will be published by Springer in November 2018 (print publication date 2019).

The subject of the book is the application of agile and lean techniques into various aspects of education. This is a topic which has become increasingly popular in recent years, but so far there has been no single publication to draw together these ideas, particularly one that covers both agile and lean, which although in software are closely related together, are less commonly linked in the educational context.

The major contribution of this book will be to provide a single point of reference for global expertise in how agile and lean ideas can be applied in teaching and learning at all levels of education.

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Chapter Titles

  1. Agile Education, Lean Learning
  2. Agile Methodologies in Education: A Review
  3. Practices of Agile Educational Environments: Analysis from the Perspective of the Public, Private and Third Sector
  4. Kaizen and Education
  5. Transforming Education with eduScrum
  6. Getting Agile at School
  7. Bringing the Benefits of Agile Techniques Inside the Classroom: A Practical Guide
  8. Lean and Agile Education: Death to Grades, Courses, and Degree Programs?
  9. Leveraging Agile Methodology to Transform the Operational Culture of a University Learning and Teaching Unit
  10. Lean and Agile Assessment Workflows
  11. Criterion-based grading, agile goal setting, and course (un)completion strategies
  12. Teaching and Fostering Reflection in Software Engineering Project Courses
  13. Lean Learning of Risks in Students’ Agile Teams
  14. Applying Lean Learning to Software Engineering Education
  15. Developing a Spiral Curriculum for Teaching Agile At The National Software Academy
  16. Agile and Lean Approaches for Teaching and Learning Software Architecture Design Processes and Methods
  17. A Practical Approach in Teaching Agile Methodologies and Principles at Tertiary Level Using Student-Centred Activities
  18. Using Agile Games to Invigorate Agile and Lean Software Development Learning in Classrooms
  19. Red-Green-Go! A Self-Organising Game for Teaching Test-Driven Development

Editor Bios:
Dr Kathryn MacCallum is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand and Associate Programme manager of the Bachelor of Business Systems. Following an initial career in web development she has taught at a tertiary level at a number of institutions including PTEs, Polytechnics and Universities, teaching both business and computing qualifications (undergraduate and post-graduate) in addition to postgraduate teacher training. Her teaching is underpinned by her research which is driven by her passion to be a better teacher and develop effective teaching practices usually with the use of appropriate educational technology.

Dr David Parsons is National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab, New Zealand. He has extensive experience of agile methods in the software industry, having trained and mentored agile teams in XP, Agile UP and Test Driven Development. He is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Software Design and a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technologies. His publications include work on agile techniques, agile testing and agile reflective practice. In his current role he incorporates agile and lean concepts into postgraduate teacher training.