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Saturday, May 25 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Educators Symposium Session I - Agile Methods in University Courses

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Welcome & Introduction (30 mins)

Teaching Agile to non-IT Professionals - From Agile Software
Development to Agile Organisations
(30 mins)

In recent years, agile methodologies have become more and more widespread, even outside the IT-domain. Digitalization and other trends have sparked the interest to transform whole organizations. At the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), we have developed a new continuous education course on this topic (CAS Agile Organisations – Certificate of Advanced Studies in Agile Organisations). The course especially addresses professionals and managers from non-IT domains, who plan to change their organisations into agile organisations. The course focusses on the aspects of personal agility, team agility, as well as organisational agility, and discusses the transformation to an agile organisation. Last October, the course started with 20 non-IT professionals with different backgrounds and levels of experience. At the time of writing this, all 20 students are in the process of graduating.

In this workshop, we will present the content of the curriculum and discuss the challenges we faced when teaching students with no IT-background. Developing the curriculum was a difficult task, since agility traditionally stems from software development and we had to carefully replace technical practices because they cannot be applied outside the IT-industry. During the course, we collected extensive feedback and we will discuss the lessons-learned.

Bringing Mob Programming to Class: Industry-Inspired Collaborative
Programming Environment for Project-Based Learning in the Classroom
(30 mins)

We propose an interactive session to demonstrate Online Mob Programming (OMP), which is an adaptation of the industrial practice of mob programming for groups of students to learn together. We propose to demonstrate a sample OMP lesson which we have embedded into the AWS Cloud9 IDE, share our findings so far based on using OMP in classes at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as solicit ideas from participants on how OMP can be improved to further improve student learning.

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Martin Kroop

Professor for Software Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Martin is professor for Software Engineering at the Institute of Mobile and Distributed Systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. His main interest is in everything that makes software development more efficient, including build automation, testing... Read More →

Andreas Meier

Lecturer / Researcher, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
E-2022 (2nd Floor)