Dr David Johnson to give paper at Agile Software Development conference

Dr David Johnson to give paper at Agile Software Development conference

XP, the International Conference on Agile Software Development, has been touring through Europe for more than a decade and is this year taking place in Cologne from 22nd-29th May. XP 2017 brings together people of all roles dealing with the creation of software.

The Centre's Dr David Johnson will present 'Teaching Agile Methods to Software Engineering Professionals: 10 Years, 1000 Release Plans' at noon on Thursday 25th May.

Dr Johnson is a Senior Researcher in the Oxford e-Research Centre and a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College. David is an award-winning educator, having won a University of Oxford MPLS Division Teaching Award in 2016, and provides teaching support for Oxford's Software Engineering Programme in a number of subject areas.

Agile methods are an essential resource for software engineers, where the Agile movement evolved out of and is applied by industry, often expected as a standard practice today. Teaching Agile methods challenges students' working attitudes, where putting Agile into practice is not possible through simply applying methods prescriptively, but by having an Agile mindset.

In this paper Dr Johnson and co-authors Angela Martin and Craig Anslow, present and discuss their experiences over the last decade of teaching an intensive Agile methods week long course as part of a professional Masters of Software Engineering degree programme at the University of Oxford.

They describe the typical shape of the course, discuss how students experience Agile values and management practices to foster an Agile mindset, and provide student feedback indicating a consistently positive response to their approach to teaching Agile methods to software engineering professionals. Their reported experiences and material can help other educators who want to run similar courses and adapt where required.

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