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SCRUM for Educators: How We Get Things Done, Accomplish More, and Stress Less

3 hours
Next Generation Learning Environments
Effective Faculty/Professional Development Programs
Career and Workforce Development
Higher Education

Educators frequently find themselves overwhelmed with workloads and caseloads. Teachers report that they feel pulled in a thousand directions. Simply put, we have too many directions, too many initiatives, too many needs to meet, and not enough time in the day. Enter SCRUM, a project management process widely used in the software development industry. This highly effective methodology for managing work can be adapted to personal workflow, administrative initiatives, staff or student projects, professional committee work, teaching and learning, and more. This session answers the often unasked question in education: How? How do we get things done? How do we achieve our desired results? How do we break out of the endless cycle of clarifying and analyzing challenges (talking), and into a pattern of developing and implementing solutions (doing)? You'll leave this hands-on session with an overview of SCRUM, be able to apply practical SCRUM techniques immediately in your work, and have knowledge of free and open-source tools for managing SCRUM.


Ben Drewelow, Mike Smart, Intermediate District 287