Eduscrum, the next revolution to training?

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What is Eduscrum? It is a new way to organize knowledge transfer.

EduScrum is a learner centric training program, it includes group work and collective intelligence, it helps grow learning strategies and optimize time spent in training. Its main benefit includes higher learner motivation as well as speeding the learning process.

More precisely…

Eduscrum is the direct use of the scrum framework in teaching. More recently, it has been also used in training and skill development.

In a VUCA context – including uncertainty, complexity and change – within the organizations, the scrum framework allows IT developers to work better as a team, to optimize value and gain efficiency. This approach is of use today in IT as well as other departments of the organizations such as Finance, HR or manufacturing.

In the context of education, high school, post graduate and adult training, EduScrum also allows learner to have fun and to take ownership. It includes collective intelligence which allows them to learn faster and sometimes better.

The most remarkable initiative in Eduscrum took place in the . EduScrum is still running successfully today. Other high schools in Germany and in the United States went on with the experiment. In France, ALPES (Approches agiles de la Pédagogie pour L’Enseignement Supérieur) is used in Le Mans University. EduScrum is gaining relevance in our public schools, universities and in the areas of adult training by focusing on leadership training.

EduScrum in practice

The teacher/trainer is the product owner on the project.

He or She sets the learning objectives and is also accountable for training assessments and  following up on results. They will also guarantee learning quality through prioritizing items to be studied next based on a « backlog » list.

Teams of students/participants are self-organized in study groups of 3 to 9 people, including a scrum master entitled to facilitate learning.

The learning project typically follows scrum ceremonies and its overall organization, and learning sprints allow the teams to inspect and adapt. The students/participants regularly improve how they learn as a group.

EduScrum @Agile Académie

I’ve been using EduScrum as part of the training program for last 4 to 5 years. At the Agile Académie in Capgemini, we choose to apply EduScrum short and long term courses. For instance, a two day training may contain 2 or 3 sprints to allow participants to really play the game.

In October 2018, in a training designed to prepare for certification, the participants were able to learn complex materiel in a foreign language using EduScrum in a very short time – it just took them one day instead of the usual 2 to 3 days.

We, at Agile Académie, are totally convinced about EduScrum. Moreover, experience has taught us a few tips and tricks. Following are a few hacks that you can use to make it work even better in adult training:

  • The EduScrum framework needs to be shared and agreed upon. Participants need to understand and agree with the way the training is brought to them. This helps them get a clear picture on what they can expect from the training

  • Trainers’ legitimacy need to be clear to everyone – it’s worth the time investment;

  • Training is learner centric so give your participants regular  breaks as  sometimes they just need to rest, listen and enjoy.  Don’t give them more active learning projects than they can put up with.

In Agile terms, you need to make sure you take into account, how EduScrum compliant the participants are. The training needs to cope with how much they can take and how much they need resting. They must be the focus of the entire learning process. Remember EduScrum is never about the trainer.

Find out how EduScrum is applied in school. You can also connect with me to learn more about its applications.