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Initial Faculty Perceptions of Scrum for Departmental Change

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Faculty Development Lightning Talk Session 2

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James J. Pembridge Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach


Timothy A. Wilson Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

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Tim Wilson is chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Olivia Elizabeth Roa Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

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This RESEARCH paper examines faculty perceptions regarding the use of Scrum for departmental operations. Scrum is an agile methodology that applies processes and procedures that encourage transparency, inspection, and adaptation in the creation of a product. Across the literature for engineering education change, there has been a focus on identifying the barriers and affordances to cultural change in engineering departments. The objective of this paper is to examine the driving factors and barriers to implementing Scrum for departmental operations. The paper will specifically address how a group of faculty about to adopt Scrum perceive the impact of that adoption on potential changes to departmental operations and culture. Findings indicate concerns with the traditional barriers of time and workload. However, they also indicate that there is some expectation for Scrum to decrease elements of the faculty workload and reduce time to complete tasks. These findings also build on the understanding of how faculty collaboration is perceived as both a barrier and affordance to departmental change.

Pembridge, J. J., & Wilson, T. A., & Roa, O. E. (2021, July), Initial Faculty Perceptions of Scrum for Departmental Change Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37337

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