Agile in Education


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So after teaching for 15 years and transitioning to an organization that utilizes Agile, I came to realize that my last eight years were as close to Agile as could be without ever learning about it. I used a system I created called TRIBECA (the real intentions behind education come alive) - sorry, you know teachers love their acronyms.

I taught high school junior English, and had very distinct results with my system. Many teachers still use it, and swear they will never go back. I’d love to speak with you more about it. I too would spend the first week or two doing nothing but community building. I would then spend another week or two educating them on TRIBECA, and then it was off to the races.

This is where my passion lies, and though it worked very well, I had had the time or venue to talk more about it. Happy to speak with you about my experiences and the results I saw.


I haven’t read the other comments. I’m adding some information:

I think education and Agile mindset are perfectly suited. I believe strongly that most educational institutions would be way better if we apply the values of principles of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.


@MrCheli, I would definitely love to learn more!


Thanks for the info, David! I hadn’t come across Mike’s blog, although I had heard he was working with them. Excited to read it. Will definitely be watching that Ted Talk today! :slight_smile:


Another cool group out of NYC


Thank you Colleen. Looking forward to finding out more about this group. Especially NYC!


So excited to learn that the very first Agile Learning Center is literally in my neighborhood. I hope to visit, become involved. thank you!


Excited to tell everyone that an agile coach and myself have started an Agile_in_Education MeetUp in NYC. No date yet for the first meeting, but it is online so that you can join. URL is We are hoping for a wide representation of people - educators at all levels, coaches, facilitators, parents and students - who share the same belief that agile applied to education can positively impact learning. We plan to study agile principles, coach on the agile process, work together to develop ways to introduce agile into the classroom and, in true agile fashion - collaborate, deliver, reflect and improve. Join us!


Another use for Agile in education is Odyssey of the Mind - a creative problem-solving competition where teams of 7 students create an 8-minute skit. The teams write the script, construct the set,and make their own costumes without any outside assistance. I coach my son’s team and we established norms for a good OM teammate. To get the innovation and teamwork flowing, we played various agile games (“yes, but…” “yes, and because of that…” + superhero, sidekick, and nemesis naming and drawing).


Just started following Mike on Twitter. Concept of workplace agile teams supporting team in schools is very powerful. Curious is you are seeing more of these relationships developing.


If you’re not familiar with John Miller, one of the few CSCs in the world (and luckily for me, living in San Diego too), you might want to give him a Twitter follow (@agileschools) and/or contact him.

His project, “Agile Classrooms”, is very interesting. Just look through his website resources and enjoy the visuals!


Thank you for the recommendation. Following him.


Great News. Agile in Education-NYC MeetUp has scheduled its first session for Tuesday, January 17th 5:30-7:30pm. If you live in the NY Metro area, or know anyone who does, please spread the word. This group will focus on raising agile awareness, delivering agile knowledge, applying agile concepts. ]t is intended to bring together people in many dimensions of their education and career. Join us on our journey


Is anyone familiar with professors in NY Metro who are focused on agile in education and/or agile practitioners in enterprise who have worked with schools?


I work with schools that have adopted the Span Collaboration System by Nureva. If you are familiar with it and looking to partner, i am able to facilitate.


@Dana_Pylayeva is in NYC and might be able to connect some dots for you @EllenAfromsky regarding Agile and Education.


Thanks Zach.


Agile Learning Centers are doing great work.
They are more for opting out of the current system for a self-directed, unschooling experience, using Agile to support it.

EduScrum and AgileClassrooms (my framework) are more for Agile in the current education systems.
EduScrum is Scrum ported to edu and rocks.
AgileClassrooms is evolving to be an authentic Agile Edu framework, that is not just an offshoot of Agile for software applied to edu, but, a framework design with educators using Agile mindsets.
For example, although Agile Classrooms is inspired by Scrum and some Kanban, you will not see roles like Product Owner, since, this is not authentic to the edu context.

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