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A presentation at AgileTour 2012 Ho Chi Minh City, 8-9/11/2012 …

A presentation at AgileTour 2012 Ho Chi Minh City, 8-9/11/2012
This is a reflection on how we can innovate higher education in VN with the ideas from Agile.

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  • 1. AgileEducationReflection from a higher education institution
  • 2. About• Higher Diploma in Software Engineering• ISO + Lean practices• Agile in Software Development & Academic Activities
  • 3. EduCrisis Image: TuoiTre & LaoDong
  • 4. Our Problems• Old-fashion teaching & learning• School-Industry Gap• Low Employability• Low Readiness• Diversity of students
  • 5. How ValuesAgile CurriculumHelp? Teaching Management Measurement
  • 6. Agile Values - Recap• Individuals and interactions over processes and tools• Working software over comprehensive documentation• Customer collaboration over contract negotiation• Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. 7
  • 7. We value Ability of self-directed learning over measurement and certification; AgileThat is, while there is value in the items Educationon the right, we value the items on the leftmore.
  • 8. Time for New Curriculum“Agility in software development hasimplications for organizational agility. Theshift to agile methods and models signals alarger transformation in the workplace andthe organization of the 21st century” Linda Levine, Software Engineering Institute
  • 9. 1. was evolved and is applied in the industry10 2. educates for teamworkReasons 3. deals with human aspectsfor 4. encourages diversityAgile 5. supports learning processes 6. improves habits of mind 7. emphasizes management skills Curriculum 8. enhances ethical norms 9. highlights a comprehensive image of software engineering 10. provides a single teachableHazzan & Dubinsky,Why Software Engineering frameworkPrograms Should Teach AgileSoftware Development
  • 10. Agile Curriculum• Embedding agile practices to existing courses – Pair Programming – TDD – Simple DesignAgile Modeling – Refactoring – Continuous Integration – User story – Scrum …• New full-featured courses: agile developers, agile software constructiondevelopment, Scrum foundation, agile coaching, ...Several empirical researches reported that agile practices foster the learning processof software development, and results in positive learning outcomes.
  • 11. Teaching Shift
  • 12. NO Meaningless Learning
  • 13. Enrich Learning ExperienceScrum Team & Scrum toolMeeting Professionals Coding DojoActive Learning Building Software
  • 14. Agile Instruction• “Individuals and interactions” focused• Maximizing communication• Just-in-time – Light-weight adaptive planning (in Scrum way) & implementation – Continuous & diversified evaluation• Short feedback cycles• Continuous improvement (kaizen)
  • 15. Adaptation ScrumTransparency Inspection Scrum provides an extremely useful framework for MANAGEMENT
  • 16. Daily Meeting & TaskBoardThese practices help in transparency, team collaboration and efficiency
  • 17. Empower the TeamFunctional Hierarchical Teams Cross-functional Self-organizing TeamCommand-Control Remove Command-Control culture
  • 18. Measurement • “Ability of self-directed learning” • Rapid and short feedback lifecycle • Built-in integrity • Test-first*
  • 19. • Daily Standup Really Good• Retrospectives• Backlogs and JIT planning• ScrumBoard (taskboardKanban) Stuffs• Short Feedback Cycle :-)• Value-based Implementation
  • 20. “Agile development is no silver bullet, but it is useful.Organizationally, agile delivers value and reduces costs;technically, it highlights excellence and minimal bugs;personally, many find it their preferred way to work.” James Shore “The Art of Agile Development”To conclude..
  • 22. 71. Encourages Student-Faculty Contact2. Encourages Cooperation among students3. Encourages Active Learning Principles4. Gives Prompt Feedback5. Emphasizes Time on Task for6. Communicates High Best Expectations Practices7. Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning Agile supports these principles[Chickering and Gamson]
  • 23. • Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics• Foundation Skills: Knowing How to Learn• Communication Skills: Listening and Oral What Communication• Adaptability: Problem Solving and Creative Thinking• Group Effectiveness: Interpersonal Skills, Negotiation, and Teamwork Employers Want• Influence: Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership• Personal Management: Self-Esteem and Motivation/Goal Setting• Attitude: Cognitive Style• Applied Skills: Occupational and Professional Competencies [ETS, “Standard for what?”]
  • 24. References1. Chickering, A. W. and Gamson, Z. F. (1989), Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. Biochemical Education, 17: 140–141. doi: 10.1016/0307-4412(89)90094-02. Educational Testing Services (2003), Standards for What?, The Economic Roots of K-16 Reform ( )3. Hazzan O. and Dubinsky Y. (2007), Why Software Engineering Programs Should Teach Agile Software Development, SIGSOFT Softw. Eng. Notes, Vol. 32, No. 2. (March 2007), pp. 1-3,4. Johnston, A.J. & Johnson, C.S. (2010), Extreme Programming in the University, Annual International Conference on Computer Science Education: Innovation and Technology, Phuket, Thailand, December 2010 in Proceedings of Annual International Conference on Computer Science Education: Innovation and Technology (CSEIT 2010), ed Anton Ravindran, Global Science and Technology Forum, Singapore, pp. 3-8.5. Linda Levine (2005), Reflection on Software Agility and Agile Methods: challenges, dilemmas, & the way ahead, ( )6. Lu, B, and DeClue T. (2011), Teaching agile methodology in a software engineering capstone course, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Volume 26 Issue 5, May 2011, Pages 293-2997. Maamar, Z. , Issa, G. , Daoud, D. , Turani, A. & Zaroor, M.I. (2011), Incorporating innovative practices in software engineering education, Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 2011 IEEE8. Melnik G. and Maurer F. (2003), Introducing Agile Methods in Learning Environments: Lessons Learned , Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2003, Volume 2753/2003, 172-184, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-45122-8_209. Rico D. F. and Sayani H. H. (2009), Use of agile methods in software engineering education, Agile Conference 2009.10. Soria A., Campo M. R. and Rodriguez G. (2012) ,Improving Software Engineering Teaching by Introducing Agile Management , 41 JAIIO - ASSE 2012 - ISSN: 1850-2792 - Page 21511. Steve Peha(2011), Agile Schools: How Technology Saves Education (Just Not the Way We Thought it Would), InfoQ (
  • 25. Stay Tuned.. Monthly Gathering: • • Online Discussion (En &Vi): • Dương Trọng Tấn • • •