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

(Previous working title was 'Agile Education, Lean Learning')

Edited by David Parsons and Kathryn MacCallum

The call for chapters for the forthcoming edited book, “Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning: Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom”, to be published by Springer, has now closed. However, we are currently seeking reviewers for the submitted chapters. Interested reviewers should fill in the online form at:


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. Aspects that would be of most interest to readers would be analysis, experiences and ideas that can be reused and adapted in other contexts. Possible chapter topics might include applying agile techniques inside the classroom (such as XP/Scrum based processes, story cards, Kanban boards etc.), applying lean value chain analysis to educational workflows and using team-based servant leadership approaches to student centred activities based on agile principles. We are most interested in using agile and lean techniques for teaching and learning. We are less interested in lean management applied to educational administration, a topic that has been extensively covered elsewhere, and is not a core focus of this book.

Possible Topics (but not confined to):

Any inquiries should be sent to agileleanbook@gmail.com

Provisional Timeline:

Abstract Registration due: May 31, 2017

Notification of initial acceptance:    June 30, 2017

Book Chapters due: October 31, 2017 Submission of chapters is now closed

Notification to authors:      December 31, 2017

Revised papers due:          February 28, 2018

Publication of the issue: Late 2018

Submission Guidelines for Book Chapter:

Book chapters should be approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words including all sections, figures, tables, and references. All submissions will be peer reviewed and are subject to editing for style, clarity, organization, and space.

For more information concerning Springer submission guidelines, please refer to https://www.springer.com/gp/authors-editors/book-authors-editors/manuscript-preparation/5636#c3324

Please do disseminate the call for reviewers to your wider networks, and to any individuals you consider might be interested in contributing.

Any queries, or any interested reviewers, please contact agileleanbook@gmail.com

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 by Unitec, 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. 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. For an example, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-SeT0Eu6MI