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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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Running a Collaborative Research Project or Program

Running a Collaborative Research Project or Program

(p.57) 4 Running a Collaborative Research Project or Program
Agile Faculty

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses applying Scrum to collaborative research in both lab and non-lab settings. The chapter examines research on effective collaboration and then offers detailed advice for creating good research teams. It covers identifying the ideal number for a successful team, sharing individual goals for the collaborative work, articulating shared goals, and creating team rules for behavior. The chapter then details how to prioritize stories and tasks on the team backlog, estimate activities using measures of complexity rather than time, and visualize the backlog and progress made toward goals during the team sprint. The chapter also explains the role of “product owner” in Scrum, who in Agile software organizations is the person in charge of maintaining the backlog and the liaison between teams and stakeholders such as management and customers. A product owner on a faculty collaborative research team might also maintain the backlog and guide the team in prioritizing and estimating backlog items. Finally the chapter offers advice for scaling Scrum across large research teams.

Keywords:   research agenda, goals, backlog, collaborative, team, product owner, prioritize, estimate, scaling

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