Exploring EDgility

We encourage exploring ideas from educators, researchers, pschology, agilists and managers. By trying, reflecting and adjusting, we hope educators can create uplifting and effective learning environments. The following is a list of resources that has helped us (please suggest additional items).


EDgility Defined

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EDgility was first publicly describe in Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning: chapter: Getting Agile at School, authors: Paul Magnuson, William Tihen, Nicola Cosgrove & Daniel Patton, by Springer Verlag, 2019, ISBN 978-981-13-2751-3. (the EDgility chapter is:Getting Agile at School, pages 115-132)

Working with the support of the school’s professional development department, teachers engaged, in their particular classroom contexts, with action research cycles of planning, doing, reflecting, and redoing until arriving, at least for the time being, at ten practices of an Agile mindset for teaching and learning.

EDgility in Practice

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EDgility in Practice Industry Practices, Processes and Techniques Adopted in Education: Agile in the Alps: Stories of the Agile Classroom, from Teaching and Learning to Administration, authors: Nicola Cosgrove, Tom Cosgrove, Sarah Graham & Paul Magnuson, by Springer Verlag, 2022, ISBN 978-981-19-3517-6. (the EDgility chapter is:Getting Agile at School, pages 245-266)

Staff from LAS have captured their understanding of agile in their context and detailed the way that they see it working for them. This chapter begins with stories from the classroom and finishes with some examples from the administrative side of the school.

Agile Resources

Work to keep your educational values and goals in focus and slowly take on the Agile vocabulary.

Educational Agility

  • ARC for Schools - Agile Research Consortium for schools has many resources to find what you need: research, trainers, and other educational agility practitioners.
  • Peak Challenges - As the authors of EDgility we are glad to discuss EDgility and/or training.

Agile Fundamentals

  • Agile Manifesto - this document started the Agile/Scrum movement.
  • Scrum Guides - Scrum is a long-standing straight forward agile framework, popularized by the Scrum Guide there is a web version (in 30+ languages), PDF version in English.
  • Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager: How to Be the Leader Your Development Team Needs, ISBN: 9781680507249, by James Stanier. This book is a reflection about how to go beyond agile and how Spotify inspires its teams and out-learns its competition.

Uplift Resources

Technology companies focus on uplifting communication, feedback and future to create an environment of enthusiastic, engaged learners. Fundamentally, they are moving away from an ‘authoritative’, ‘telling’ and ‘corrective’ approach and instead toward an ‘amplifying’, ‘curious’ and ‘collaborative’ approach.

Pixar’s Plussing

Amplifying feedback over silencing feedback.

Effective Feedback

Sharing perspective instead of authoritatively telling.

Teachers on Communication and Inspiration

Invoke, Involve, Inspire - Stories

Allow students to dream a future and work with difficulties.

  • Common Structure of the Greatest Communicators - A TEDxEast talk by Nancy Duarte. Explores making the status quo unappealing and draw them forward to the future of what can be, drawing people in and using resistance to move forward.
  • The Clues to a Great Story - shares what he knows about storytelling – starting at the end and working back to the beginning. A TED talk by Andrew Stanton, the writer behind “Toy Story” and “Wall-E” and “John Carter.” Contains graphic language.
  • The magical science of storytelling - a TEDxStockholm by David JP Phillips. David JP Phillips shares key neurological findings on storytelling and with the help of his own stories, induces in us the release of four neurotransmitters of his choice.