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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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Planning and Implementing Scrum-Based Group Projects

Planning and Implementing Scrum-Based Group Projects

(p.149) 8 Planning and Implementing Scrum-Based Group Projects
Agile Faculty

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter details how to create strong group projects that meet course goals. The chapter reviews research on effective collaboration and the relationship between collaboration and cooperation. Readers are asked to consider why they include group projects in their classes and how their existing assignments meet their course learning goals. Readers are encouraged to review course objectives and stories before they create team assignments to align the project with actual course learning goals. The next section provides instructions for creating an effective short collaborative project in one sprint, including aligning the project with learning goals for the course, writing an effective project prompt, and creating a loose project schedule. Next the chapter describes how to create longer multi-sprint group projects by creating multiple stories and assessment criteria for the project and developing a sprint schedule with incremental deliverables. Advice is offered for creating effective assignment sheets that contextualize the project and required collaborative element for he students. Advice is also offered for how to talk to students about effective collaboration and to introduce the Scrum framework. Finally the chapter discusses how instructors can play the roles of product owner and Scrum master for student teams.

Keywords:   collaboration, team, assignment, group project, sprint, Scrum, Daily Scrum, product owner, Scrum master

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