Bringing Agile to universities


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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 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

  1. 1. Bringing Agile to Universities A journey to the academic worldMarc Lainez @mlainez
  2. 2. What are the obstacles when adopting Agile?
  3. 3. It’s hard to change how people think If you want to make enemies, try to change something. - Woodrow Wilson -
  4. 4. It’s hard to change bad habits It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. - Benjamin Franklin -
  5. 5. Barriers to agile adoption Ability to change organizational culture 52%Availability of personnel with right skills 40% General resistance to change 39%
  6. 6. You need the right mindset
  7. 7. And make this guyembrace it!
  8. 8. We have really good agilists for that! Helping people and companieshttp:/ / @YvesHanoulle
  9. 9. But sometimes it’s already too late...
  10. 10. How can we help?
  11. 11. Focus on universities
  12. 12. We need to open students minds to Agile with projects, workshops, lectures
  13. 13.
  14. 14. University Ant werp Brussels - ULB UCL Louvain-la-Neuve UMons UMons - Charleroi30hrs delivered so fara lot more preparing... still more to come...
  15. 15. Great! But...
  16. 16. One does not simplywalk into universities
  17. 17. We got back in touch with our assistant teachers student organizations in other campuses
  18. 18. We organized lectures and workshops
  19. 19. Lectures to showstudents how it is like to work on an “Agile” project
  20. 20. Adapting the schedule to the different campuses we went to
  21. 21. We presented Agile techniques in the context of a fictional project
  22. 22. We got great feedback!And improved on theway, but still...
  23. 23. “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”
  24. 24. Assumptions are hard to kill...
  25. 25. Use visualsBe dynamicInvolve them
  26. 26. Some examples :)
  27. 27. How complex is it to get from those fruits a small piece you could eat?
  28. 28. 3
  29. 29. How many can you eat in 1 minute?
  30. 30. User story writing and estimation workshop
  31. 31. We tried poker planning with them
  32. 32. And explained business value with poker chips
  33. 33. Time-boxGet help!
  34. 34. Self-organizing team andpair-programmingworkshop
  35. 35. Using a simple Kanban
  36. 36. TDD is hard to teach to students...
  37. 37. @JonJagger
  38. 38. “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”
  39. 39. Make sure they have everything needed on their computersIf you need IT support in the uni, do it way before the workshop
  40. 40. Great, but did it change anything?
  41. 41. What now?
  42. 42. Open library Co-Working Academic seminarAgile Summer Camp about Agile
  43. 43. You could do the same in your city or country...
  44. 44. And contribute to create a more Agile generation!
  45. 45. Thank you! @mlainez