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Curriculum design to achieve Agile Thinking & Lean Performance

Today Agile practice is more of an art and a mindset rather than a technique - it is difficult to learn and master and even harder to teach. The goal of this paper is reflected by the question "how do we teach the student to be an effective Agile practitioner with competitive workforce skills?" Initially, the challenges while teaching Agile-based advanced project courses was misinterpret and even misuse Agile concepts by the students. A new “Agile Performance Frameworks” used here as a prescriptive framework to teach students what to attend to at any give stage of the project thus providing tight-structured environment in which students monitor the process and make decisions and create application work products that can be evaluated by instructors. With APF students learn that Agile requires project management to be more intensive as the traditional requirements gathering and resource management are not sufficient. The decisions are very much more dynamic and require more in depth knowledge for prioritization, understanding the effects on the performance of the project, and a fine-grained allocation of resources to fine grained requirements. Lean projects also require more explicit systematic knowledge of the business problem and requirements. This includes more insightful knowledge of the effects of various decisions in allocating resources, prioritizing stories and a more thorough knowledge of the different architectural components in the system design. We take a structured Agile Performance Framework (APF) Framework approach to teaching core Agile concepts in a project -oriented advanced software engineering course. The curriculum design is based on making the Agile methodology explicit and prescriptive using research in enterprise architectures. Using this research we also articulate curriculum work products and management processes for performance trade-off analysis. Two iterations underlying curriculum design are presented along with guidelines for the instructor and the practitioner. As a side effect of the APF-based structuring of the practice of Agile, we have identified new methods and tools. Authors - Vineet Harbhajanka, Dr. Jay Ramanathan, Dr. Rajiv Ramnath

OSU-CISRC-609-TR25 Curriculum design to achieve Agile Thinking and Lean Performance.pdf — PDF document, 493Kb

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