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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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Organizing and Prioritizing Your Personal Research Agenda

Organizing and Prioritizing Your Personal Research Agenda

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Agile Faculty

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter details how to adapt the Scrum framework to manage a faculty research agenda and individual projects such as writing publications. First the chapter discusses the difference in organization and mindset between a typical to do list and a Scrum backlog. While a to do list might list projects a faculty member is working on and possible future projects, that list is not easily actionable and can cause stress. A backlog, on the other hand, uses a hierarchy of tasks, which software developers call epics, stories, and tasks. For faculty, an epic would be one project, the items that might be listed on a research agenda project list. Then each epic can be broken down into stories, statements that articulate the purpose, object, and goals of the project. Finally each story can be broken down into smaller, actionable tasks that can be completed to make progress toward completing a story or epic. The chapter then provides step-by-step instructions to set up a research agenda backlog and a sprint backlog of stories that can be completed in a designated period of time. The chapter also offers advice for keeping the research agenda backlog flexible as research challenges and opportunities arise.

Keywords:   research, research agenda, to do list, backlog, project, epic, story, task, sprint

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