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I gave this talk at the XP2012 conference. For the past two years, I've tried to go to universities to teach Agile practices during my spare time....

I gave this talk at the XP2012 conference. For the past two years, I've tried to go to universities to teach Agile practices during my spare time.

I give tips and tricks, and try to inspire others to take a bit of their time to go to universities and help grow the next generation of Agilists.

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  • Bringing Agile to Universities A journey to the academic worldMarc Lainez @mlainez
  • What are the obstacles when adopting Agile?
  • It’s hard to change how people think If you want to make enemies, try to change something. - Woodrow Wilson - View slide
  • It’s hard to change bad habits It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. - Benjamin Franklin - View slide
  • Barriers to agile adoption Ability to change organizational culture 52%Availability of personnel with right skills 40% General resistance to change 39% http://www.versionone.com/state_of_agile_development_survey/11/
  • You need the right mindset
  • And make this guyembrace it!
  • We have really good agilists for that! Helping people and companieshttp:/ /leanpub.com/WhoIsAgile @YvesHanoulle
  • But sometimes it’s already too late...
  • How can we help?
  • Focus on universities
  • We need to open students minds to Agile with projects, workshops, lectures
  • http://agilecampustour.org
  • University Ant werp Brussels - ULB UCL Louvain-la-Neuve UMons UMons - Charleroi30hrs delivered so fara lot more preparing... still more to come...
  • Great! But...
  • One does not simplywalk into universities
  • We got back in touch with our assistant teachers student organizations in other campuses
  • We organized lectures and workshops
  • Lectures to showstudents how it is like to work on an “Agile” project
  • Adapting the schedule to the different campuses we went to
  • We presented Agile techniques in the context of a fictional projecthttp://www.slideshare.net/agilecampustour
  • We got great feedback!And improved on theway, but still...
  • “It’s for small projects” “Not technical enough” “It’s not for serious projects”“It’s project management, I don’t really feel concerned” “It’s not going deep enough”
  • Assumptions are hard to kill...
  • Use visualsBe dynamicInvolve them
  • Some examples :)
  • How complex is it to get from those fruits a small piece you could eat?
  • 3
  • How many can you eat in 1 minute?
  • User story writing and estimation workshop
  • We tried poker planning with them
  • And explained business value with poker chips
  • Time-boxGet help!
  • Self-organizing team andpair-programmingworkshop
  • Using a simple Kanban
  • TDD is hard to teach to students...
  • Cyber-dojo.com @JonJagger
  • “TDD+Pair Programming = Super” “I wish we could do that more often” “Frustrating but awesome!”“I’d like to do more stuff like that on my projects” “I liked working with somebody else”
  • Make sure they have everything needed on their computersIf you need IT support in the uni, do it way before the workshop
  • Great, but did it change anything?
  • What now?
  • Open library Co-Working Academic seminarAgile Summer Camp about Agile
  • You could do the same in your city or country...
  • And contribute to create a more Agile generation!
  • Thank you!ml@theotherguys.be @mlainez