Speeding up development activities in student projects with time boxing and scrum

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Abstract

This research project investigates how procedures from agile software development can be of benefit to development activities in projects of design engineering students. The agile methods Scrum and Time boxing are evaluated through a student workshop focusing on near-future concepts for design competitions. Scrum meetings within the student design teams are conducted and video documented each hour throughout the workshop activities as a structured process evaluation tool. Based on a subsequent student survey it is argued that scrum and time boxing are strengthening the focus, communication and awareness of methodical efficiency of the student teams. It is therefore further argued that these methods are both applicable and useful to none-software projects, and that they may correspond to a general tendency of a faster pace in product development within the markets of lifestyle products.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Creativity and Business Innovation : The 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsAhmed Kovacevic, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Lyndon Buck, Peter Hogarth
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherDesign Society
Publication dateSep 2011
Pages559-564
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-33-9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
EventThe 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceThe 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period08/09/201109/09/2011

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Keywords

  • Agile development
  • time boxing
  • scrum
  • team communication
  • double-loop learning

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Ovesen, N., Eriksen, K., & Tollestrup, C. (2011). Speeding up development activities in student projects with time boxing and scrum. In A. Kovacevic, W. Ion, C. McMahon, L. Buck, & P. Hogarth (Eds.), Design Education for Creativity and Business Innovation: The 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (pp. 559-564). Design Society.