Have you ever wondered if you can apply Scrum outside of software development? Like could Scrum be used in education?
It certainly can, and education is a field currently undergoing significant innovation. Our family has taken a less traditional approach by combining homeschooling with other learning opportunities. And through that journey discovered an unexpected application for Scrum.
At the beginning of the week, we would move all the new assignments to the weekly backlog column, and the kids would review their work and communicate their plans for getting things done that week.
Every day we would check in using a typical Scrum daily standup approach. The boys would identify what they had completed, what they would focus on next and where they were stuck. If needed, we would plan the day together, informed by the week’s remaining work.
Just like on a team of adults, the act of stating out loud to others what you have completed and what you commit to doing next creates enormous accountability and ownership. I knew this to be true but was still surprised to see how quickly it changed my kids’ approach to their school work.
My wife would review all the work at the end of the week. If something was completed or needed to be redone, it was added to the following week’s backlog. This activity mirrors the sprint review, except that there weren’t any other stakeholders to present to.
I would hold a retro where we evaluated how the week went, what was good and what we wanted to change. This review led to some creative adaptations over time.
We kept these events pretty informal. I didn’t use much Scrum language, but I was still clear about what we did, when we did it and why it mattered.
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