Embracing and Exposing Scholarly Work in Agile

This is my call for help! As a doctoral student, one of my passions is lean and agile practices in academics both as a curriculum designer and higher education administrator. I am hopeful that my dissertation will be the qualitative exploration of links between agile intentionality and sustainability in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. A lead-up into this dissertation planning is a major thesis on systems in academics, with a strong focus on lean and social systems. In fact, the application (project) aspect of this thesis is the process development of agile curriculum design that I presented at Agile 2011. Thankfully, I was able to provide journal support to the project through my publication in the conference proceedings. However, there is something a bit unsatisfying in constantly self-citation because a researcher wants to find other support for the project. However, the bottom line is that I could find no other agile work in formal academic curriculum design.

I recognize that scholarly work on Agile is out there. It must be simply on the merit that there are so many well educated practitioners and publications on Agile practices. However, my challenge is finding scholarly resources on Agile conceptually beyond software. Actually, I have found nothing except of course in what I addressed about it in my conference paper. Part of the thesis is presenting the theoretical underpinnings of my project as well as a bibliography/literature essay. My assessor, understandably, rejected the entire agile section because my opinions and the Agile manifesto is not scholarly. However, I must include the agile section because it is on that premise that I have the project. You can see my difficulty.  Please help me! If you are aware of any scholarly work on agile in general practical terms and not how to apply it to software, I would be indebted to you for sharing.

This is a good time to mention the need of all agile practitioners to be aware of the value of scholarly evangelism across industries. It has come to my attention in these past couple of years that many agile practitioners disregard the value of scholarly work, but it is that scholarly work that will spread the incredible power of agile to other industries and selfishly for my world of trainers and instructional designers who are not connected to project management in the role that PMI addresses. Additionally, if formal academia is going to take the next step into the fast paced and high demanding modern world, they will be looking in the world of research to better understand the nature of repeatability and practice. I have successfully incorporated blog posts by Karl Scotland and books by David Anderson, Don Reinertsen and Jim Benson & Tonianne Barry. However, we need more, and this is an encouragement to the agile community to publish more about general agile values and how it extends beyond software. Meanwhile, I am going to assume that there is much more out there that I am simply unaware of, and ask for your help!

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About Marian

My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.