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Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning

Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom

  • David Parsons
  • Kathryn MacCallum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Agile and Lean Concepts in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Parsons, Kathryn MacCallum
      Pages 3-23
    3. Pasquale Salza, Paolo Musmarra, Filomena Ferrucci
      Pages 25-45
    4. Peet Wiid
      Pages 63-92
  3. Agile Methods in the School Classroom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Willy Wijnands, Alisa Stolze
      Pages 95-114
    3. Paul Magnuson, William Tihen, Nicola Cosgrove, Daniel Patton
      Pages 115-132
    4. Ilenia Fronza, Nabil El Ioini, Claus Pahl, Luis Corral
      Pages 133-152
  4. Reconceptualising Learning Environments Using Agile and Lean Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Madelaine-Marie Judd, Heidi Christina Blair
      Pages 171-185
    3. Michael Striewe
      Pages 187-204
  5. Agile and Lean Learning Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Petri Ihantola, Essi Isohanni, Pietari Heino, Tommi Mikkonen
      Pages 207-230
    3. Håkan Burden, Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
      Pages 231-262
    4. Wentao Wang, Chaitra Thota, Xiaoyu Jin, Nan Niu, Carla C. Purdy
      Pages 263-281
  6. Using Agile and Lean Methods to Teach Software Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283

About this book


This book explores the application of agile and lean techniques, originally from the field of software development and manufacturing, to various aspects of education. It covers a broad range of topics, including applying agile teaching and learning techniques in the classroom, incorporating lean thinking in educational workflows, and using team-based approaches to student-centred activities based on agile principles and processes.

Demonstrating how agile and lean ideas can concretely be applied to education, the book offers practical guidance on how to apply these ideas in the classroom or lecture hall, as well as new concepts that could spark further research and development.


Agile Learning Agile Education Lean Education Lean Learning Agile Methods in Schools Lean Methods in Schools Agile in Higher Education Lean in Higher Education Agile University Lean University Agile Teaching and Learning Lean Teaching and Learning Agile Classroom Lean Classroom

Editors and affiliations

  • David Parsons
    • 1
  • Kathryn MacCallum
    • 2
  1. 1.The Mind Lab by UnitecAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Eastern Institute of TechnologyNapierNew Zealand

About the editors

Dr David Parsons is National Postgraduate Director of The Mind Lab by Unitec, where he runs a digital and collaborative learning programme for in-service teachers. He holds a PhD in Information Technology (IT) and has extensive experience in academia and the IT industry in the UK and Australasia. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and the author of numerous books, chapters and articles on various aspects of technology-enhanced learning and the teaching of software engineering. He also has substantial experience in agile and lean software development, and provides industry training on applying these techniques. 

Associate Professor Kathryn MacCallum (PhD) has over 10 years’ experience in teaching and research, and a passion for technology and education. Her research focuses on digital and educational technology, and as a former practitioner in the Information Technology (IT) industry she has a strong desire to align these professional IT skills with teaching. With a PhD in Information Systems and a history of research within the education technologies sector, she has authored a broad range of journal papers, book chapters and conference articles in this area. She also serves as an editor for three academic education journals. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning
  • Book Subtitle Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom
  • Editors David Parsons
    Kathryn MacCallum
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-2750-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4806-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-2751-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 441
  • Number of Illustrations 26 b/w illustrations, 60 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Learning & Instruction
    Technology and Digital Education
    Educational Technology
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