One year ago I wrote my experience report about applying agile methodologies to the curriculum design process I use in my university. Tim O’Conner was a great shepherd providing insight on what the community needed to hear from me. Something that he recommended to me was to provide a “giving back” section. Granted, there should be strong implication of how the experiences are in the article can apply to other situations. However, this extremely intentional bullet pointed section was extremely valuable to me because it really forces the writer to reflect on exactly what he or she is giving back to the community, which in turn reinforces their writing, perhaps even adjusting the writing to be more applicable and not ramble about a story that doesn’t necessary relate to the community.
It seemed a natural progression of having gone through the process as a submitter, writer, and presenter to say ‘thank you’ by giving others the same opportunity that was afforded me. Gaining three individuals to shepherd, I was very excited to take them on the same journey I had experienced the previous year, albeit they may be experienced Insights stage presenters for all I knew. If there was one thing that I gave back in this experience of reviewing, I believe it was the repetition of that intentional “giving back” section at the end of each of the papers I reviewed. Each one of my writers had a summary, but quickly embraced the idea of very articulated learning takeaways for the community as a whole.
I had another reason for being excited. As a doctoral student strongly interested in systems, finding applicable publications of lean systems or agile methodology to the educational world of adult learning has been challenging. We have great bloggers, but filling a thesis or even minor papers with bloggers won’t get you very far since they are not peer reviewed. If I am passionate about anything, it’s the presence of peer reviewed publications from this community to help other formal academic researchers. I want other organizations to read them and be inspired, but my selfish motives are to get these experiences and learning takeaways published for good grounded theory work.
So thank you to the individuals taking the time to write these papers and further research, application and future development all at the same time.