About Agile

Agile is both an approach and a change of mindset in those that adopt and practice it. It brings people to the fore and places them over any process. Agile was born out of disdain for prescriptive methods and approaches that do not put people first which often leads to issues such as high levels of risk, a lack of productive collaboration and/or producing outcomes not intended or foreseen initially. The practices prescribed in Agile provide for shorter, more flexible and simpler workflows where those involved can regularly assess their progress, outcomes and work ethic. This leads to better work with more purpose and outcomes that are desired by all stakeholders. Those who are moving towards and have already implemented practices of Agile see these advantages in comparison to the ways they currently operate and that working Agile can lead to increased satisfaction in work, increased productivity and provide for more positive outcomes and solutions.

As a disclaimer, it needs to be said that Agile is different. It is better, it is more effective, but it is different. You have arrived at a collection of information on what Agile is, how to implement it, other professor’s experiences, student experiences, definitions, advice, tips, and the science behind all of it. A good majority of what you encounter outside of this collection will apply mostly to business and software; it is a new concept and its full potential has not been explored in every environment. This site is a compilation of everything relating to the foundation of Agile, geared towards education and created for professors by Agile students. Start small, ask questions and reach out for support! When you open your mind and take the plunge of transitioning into an Agile classroom, the possibilities for student outcomes and instruction become limitless.


This page was developed by the 2018-19 Faculty Learning Community on Agile and members of the 2019 CIT 205 class.  

Word cloud image courtesy of Lynne Cazaly, 2019.