Duration: 30 minutes

Description: Scrum in Schools – Exploring the Possibilities
Agile approaches, including Scrum, are increasingly making their way into non-software organizations as a way to manage work effectively and collaboratively. Ask many an HR practitioner and they’ll tell you that collaboration, self-organized team work and transparent communication within non-hierarchical organization structures are increasingly in demand as core work competencies.

If Scrum can help organizations to adopt a more collaborative style of work, does it offer any possibilities in the South African classroom? Can we use it effectively to develop these core work competencies at school-level? How would one go about doing that in practice? Could Scrum possibly have any tangible or measurable impact on the quality of teaching and learning that happens in a school? Or is the crazy idea of using Scrum in schools just that – a crazy and impractical idea?

Come join me in exploring these and other questions about Scrum in Schools.

Bio of Maritza van den Heuvel:
maritza_van_den_heuvelMaritza van den Heuvel spent six years doing research in computational linguistics after completing a postgraduate degree in Linguistics. She eventually left academia for the software industry where she cut her teeth on Agile and Scrum as a Scrum Master and Product Owner, helping teams to evolve from waterfall to Scrum. Along the way, her unquenchable thirst for knowledge led her to Kanban and lean systems thinking. Since then, she has become a passionate proponent of the power of constraints and visual controls to transform the world of work in the 21st century. She is currently with Pearson Southern Africa, where she’s applying her background to leading innovation in technology-enabled education.

At heart, Maritza is a writer. She is the co-author of Beyond Agile – Tales of Continuous Improvement, a collection of real-world case studies of Lean/Agile teams engaged in continuous improvement. She also blogs. Her Becoming an Agile Family blog chronicles the ways her family uses Personal Kanban to navigate work and life.