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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Welcome back for part 2 of my year-end review and retrospective. While the new year might seem to be an arbitrary time to take stock and plan for the future, it is still a time that encourages us to check in with ourselves and (re)assess and (re)commit to goals we care about. I actually do this work three times a year, more in the rhythm of the academic year than calendar year…. Read More

When I look back on 2017, other than political strife and anxiety, my year was really about three professional priorities – piloting the Design Thinking Studio in Social Innovation immersive semester that I co-designed as well as Agile Faculty and reconnecting to my larger goals related to that part of my career. In this post, I explain how I modified the daily Scrum questions for a year-end review. In a post later… Read More

As the year wraps up, I want to thank you for visiting and taking a look at Agile Faculty. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to hold a professional retrospective of the year past – what did you do to accomplish your goals in 2017? What will you do in 2018 to continue to work toward you goals? And what areas might you need some additional support or resources? This little check-in… Read More

A Scrum board is a simple way of visualizing the work you want to do, are currently doing, and have completed. The most basic Scrum boards have only three columns – Backlog (or To Do), Work in Progress (WIP), and Done. Visually, I always make the WIP column narrower than the other two as a reminder that I can only focus on a few tasks at a time if I want to… Read More

During the week of December 11tth, I tweeted out quick points from Chapter 2 of Agile Faculty – “Working the Agile Way with Scrum.” Here’s what we covered:

Every Thursday, I’ll be briefly reviewing a book that I find to be interesting, engaging, and valuable for Agile Faculty. Because the Agile Faculty mindset values exploration, curiosity, and multidisciplinarity, these resources will come from a variety of different areas that speak to a wide range of interests, including higher education, faculty development, Agile and Scrum, design thinking and creativity studies, and social innovation. And I’ll throw in a little bonus review… Read More

The answer is “yes, kind of.” Two primary organizations offer credentialing in Scrum: Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland’s Scrum Alliance and Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber’s Scrum.org. These organizations set the standards and oversee testing for those teaching and pursuing certifications as Scrum Masters, product owners, Scrum professionals, and Scrum trainers. Scrum coach has become a increasingly popular certification route as well, combining executive coaching and Scrum training for those interested in enterprise-level Scrum… Read More

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During the week of December 4th, I tweeted out quick points from Chapter 1 of Agile Faculty – “Reimaginging Paths to Faculty Vitality in Higher Education.” Here’s what we covered:

Every Thursday, I’ll be briefly reviewing a book that I find to be interesting, engaging, and valuable for Agile Faculty. Because the Agile Faculty mindset values exploration, curiosity, and multidisciplinarity, these resources will come from a variety of different areas that speak to a wide range of interests, including higher education, faculty development, Agile and Scrum, design thinking and creativity studies, and social innovation. And I’ll throw in a little bonus review… Read More