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Should Scrum be Taught to Management Students?

posted Apr 8, 2015, 11:45 AM by Anjuan Simmons   [ updated Jul 21, 2016, 6:41 PM ]
I was recently asked a question by a colleague who is a professor at AACSB University. Here it is:

Hi Anjuan,

I hope this message you doing well! I read the information on the link you provided. I am interested to know if you think SCRUM should be taught to management students? I was thinking about adding this practical application of problem solving and management to design thinking To foster creative thinkers and problem solvers – people who will have to tackle complex challenges like the ebola epidemic, data security breaches, climate change...

Here's the answer I sent to her:

I absolutely think that Scrum should be taught to management students. While Scrum is primarily used in software development, the principles behind it have been applied to building things from cars to fighter jets. If you're involved in tackling any complex problem, then Scrum is a great tool to understand.

I'm reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, one of the creators of Scrum. I think this would be a great textbook for management students studying Scrum.