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Agile FacultyPractical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching$
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Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226463018

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226463292.001.0001

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Working the Agile Way Using Scrum

Working the Agile Way Using Scrum

(p.23) 2 Working the Agile Way Using Scrum
Agile Faculty

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter outlines the complete Scrum framework for managing productivity, first by explaining the process in software development. When using Scrum in software development, professionals work in cross-functional teams. Each project has a backlog of features that users need and that must be built by the teams. Teams work with a product owner to build and keep the backlog up to date. Team work in sprints of two to four weeks and commit to completing a chosen number of backlog items during that time. During the sprint, the team meets every morning to a progress check meeting called Daily Scrum. At the end of the sprint, the team holds a review meeting open to all stakeholders to demonstrate the work accomplished. The team then meets privately in a retrospective meeting to assess their level of collaborative success and discuss how to work better together. Next, the chapter provides three examples of how the author has applied the Scrum framework to manage a scholarly research agenda, help a student organization run better committees, and scaffold project-based, upper-level professional writing courses.

Keywords:   Scrum, sprint, backlog, collaboration, productivity, framework, planning, Scrum board

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