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Sharing techniques to continuously improve the XP Laboratory (Alfredo Goldman, Viviane Almeida Santos) popular

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Since Agile Methods formalization, the software engineering education has also been impacted with universities adapting their courses as a way to suit this new software processes. At the University of São Paulo (USP), there is a discipline called XP Laboratory. Although the name refers to eXtreme Programming, the discipline aims at teaching agile methods in practice, considering several elements that are crucial for providing the student with real knowledge and experience with agile methods. This discipline has provided extensive studies involving students, instructors, mentors, customers, professionals, and companies. In this experience report we intend to share agile techniques that helped us to continuously improve this discipline.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • We observed that learning is maximized when it occurs in practice with real situations, such as involving customers and its problems.
  • Also, we noticed that it is important to afford the needed infrastructure and offer a learning environment where students can learn from experience in practice and share their past and present experiences to others. Experts are especially involved to support this broad dissemination of - mainly tacit - knowledge to the students. As we do not push to explicit knowledge, we believe that the knowledge flows around the environment. Knowledge is not treated as something that must be always written down, however there is some specific knowledge that we guide the students to state in repositories, such as project and discipline wikis, but most knowledge is shared, though.
  • So, we have adopted practices to share knowledge inside and across teams using organizational learning techniques, such as rotation of team members across teams, mini-lectures at lunch, coding dojos, brainwriting, lightning talks, whole-class retrospectives in fishbowl format, retrospective starfish, etc. These techniques became essential to the discipline success.


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Alfredo Goldman

Associate Professor, University of São Paulo
I started teaching agile methods in 2001. I am responsible for the course Agile Methods Lab at USP. Some of my former students help to promote several agile methods conferences in Brazil.
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Viviane Almeida Santos

Academic Coordinator, Federal University of Pará
I am currently the Academic Coordinator of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Campus Tucuruí (Period: April/2019 to March/2022). From November/2016 to March/2019 I acted as coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Applied Computing (PPCA), research line Computer Systems Development... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 11:15 EDT
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