Keith L. Kaplan | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

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A Critical Analysis of the Learning in Scrum and Sprint Retrospectives

Keith L. Kaplan, M.A. Instructional Technology and Media

This paper explores the learning and knowledge creation that occurs when individuals are actively using the agile method of Scrum. The Scrum framework acts as a learning system by using collaboration, experiential learning, and critical reflection concepts. The study specifically looks at the retrospective component of Scrum to see what factors affect the reflection process. Observations were taken and Scrum practitioners were interviewed to examine the interactions occurring while working on a Scrum project. Results showed there are learning opportunities from using Scrum as well as difficulties in running the Scrum project management framework. An analysis of these findings is provided, showing guidelines to follow in order to increase the reflective process, which contributes to lifelong learning.

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