AgileByExample 2019

Willy Wijnands

Willy Wijnands is a passionate Science teacher on the Ashram College in Alphen aan de Rijn and Aikido teacher. He is the initiator and founder of eduScrum and co-founder of the worldwide initiave “Agile in Education”. Co-author of the eduScrum guide and co-author of “Scrum in Actie” and co-author of ”Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning”.

‘I give the students ownership of their own learning process, but most important trust. The students take the responsibility for what they do because I give them the freedom and the space they need. The effect is that students are more engaged, more productive and their results are better. They discover who they are and what their abilities are. It is such a wonderful experience to see them developing themselves!’

Since 2011 Willy has trained more then 800 teachers all over the world and worked with 2000 students, by himself, using eduScrum in all classes.

By using eduScrum, students work together in an energetic, effective and focus way.

In small teams the self-organize their work and thereby learn engagement, commitment and taking responsibility. They train to self-reflect and give feedback to themselves as well and to their classmates and to continuously their own and team working process.

Classes using eduScrum finish weeks early and their results are in the same test significantly higher then in other classes. And most important: eduScrum students go through a strong and positive personal development. They get to know their own qualities and find out how to use their own resources.

Tracking the learning process and progress is hereby always easy by using the eduScrum meetings and tools.

Keynote— Transforming education with eduScrum

I am going to talk about transforming education with eduScrum and of course and Agile mindset.

The world is changing very fast and we must adapt to this change. Unfortunately, the current educational system is obsolete. We are still teaching as we did in the age of industrialization, which used to make perfect sense but is no longer applicable.

This creates a gap between the educational offer and the market requirements, as nowadays we need to, not only educate workers, but leaders and highly adaptive thinkers.

I want to give you some tips how we can adapt Scrum processes to the classroom enables students to become more independent and self-directed in their learning.

In eduScrum, the students are working together in teams in an active, effective and efficient way and have more fun. This is achieved by giving the students ownership of their own learning process, but most important, trust.

The students take responsibility for what they do because they are given the freedom and the space they need. The effect is that students are more engaged, more productive, intrinsic motivated, and their results are better. They discover who they are and what their abilities are.

I hope you come to the ABE Warsaw and I look forward to see and meet you in person to make you enthusiastic, inspired and start with change the way of education.

Workshop— eduScrum: an opportunity to close the gap between the educational offer and the market requirements?

Willy Wijnands, the founder of eduScrum believes that Scrum suits the needs of the fast changing market. The workforce of tomorrow has to cope with these changes. Unfortunately, the current educational system is obsolete and this creates a gap between the educational offer and the market requirements. Could eduScrum become the connecting element?

During this session Willy draws a parallel between Scrum and education and Scrum in the non-IT environments. The starting principles are the autonomy and authenticity of people. Willy believes that children do take responsibility and can work together independently.

During this session Willy shares his experience in implementing Scum in education and the benefits eduScrum brings.