Agile–not just for software development

Very interesting article on turning the school system in the US to being Agile. The article talks about turning the 12 principles of Agile Software into “Schoolware”. Interesting concept Canada should look at this too.

Agile School Education

From the article:

The Twelve Principles of Agile Schools

We follow these principles:

1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the needs of children and their families through early and continuous delivery of meaningful learning.

2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in a learning cycle. Harness change for the benefit of children and their families.

3. Deliver meaningful learning frequently, from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

4. School and family team members work together daily to create learning opportunities for all participants.

5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a team is face-to-face conversation.

7. Meaningful learning is the primary measure of progress.

8. Our processes promote sustainability. Educators, students, and families should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.

9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances adaptability.

10. Simplicity-the art of maximizing the amount of work not done-is essential.

11. The best ideas and initiatives emerge from self-organizing teams.

12. At regular intervals, teams reflect on how to become more effective, then tune and adjust their behaviour accordingly.

Where else can we be Agile?