My professional writing students often get annoyed with me when they ask questions about an assignment because my answer is usually “it depends.” The same is true if you are wondering if you can put together cross-functional students teams for a group project in one of your courses. A colleague in computing sciences who tries … Continue reading Can Student Teams Be Cross-Functional?
I attended the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Kansas City recently, the largest gathering of instructors and scholars of writing in higher education. I presented on writing and sticky notes in the Design Thinking Studio, but my absolute favorite panel was on rhetorical failure. In rhetoric and writing studies, we often teach … Continue reading Fetishizing Success and Failure
Why do you do group projects in your course(s)? Is it because you value collaboration in your field and want to make sure students have some experience in that? Or is it because you are “supposed to” do group projects? In talking with faculty over the last eight years, the answer seems to fall somewhere … Continue reading Features of a Good Group Project
What is your definition of done? Seems like a weird question, but think about it. When is a research project ever really done? When you submit an article? When you become interested in something else? When the funding runs out? What if the article is rejected or earns a revise and resubmit? Did that new … Continue reading The Definition of Done
One of the things I like about Scrum so much is the intentional shifting of language. Projects can be epics, and activities can be stories. We can sprint instead of just working. We groom the backlog rather than just culling the to-do list. We reflect on commitment not just progress. I know the language turns … Continue reading Writing a Better (User) Story
When you sit down to plan your sprint backlog or weekly to-do list, how do you estimate what you’ll need to invest to check it off the the list? The most common way would be to think about each item on in terms of how much time it would take to accomplish. Pretty easy to … Continue reading Avoiding the Trap of Ideal Hours