Agile Academics

Janis Rizzuto

Janis is an award-winning journalist and editor who has covered many industries beyond project management, including health care, financial services, higher education and retail sales.

Students in three countries test the value of an IBM all-in-one development tool as they learn about agile and Scrum.

Say you’re a hiring manager at a tech firm. Two recent graduates have come to present their credentials. One participated in a cutting-edge distributed agile development project, creating a mobile app. The other wrote code for coursework by himself in his dorm room. Easy choice. And real choice.

The mobile app project was actually undertaken by five graduate students in three countries, in part through the IBM Academic Initiative, which gives university professors free access to the latest IBM products to help students develop competitive skills and research complex issues in computer science.

Led by Christelle Scharff, associate professor at Pace University in New York, one student from Pace University, two from University of Delhi in India and two from Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique in Senegal came together to investigate agile and Scrum practices in a distributed environment and to study the impact of a collaborative lifecycle management platform on the work. The 2009 project used IBM Rational Team Concert, a Jazz platform product, according to Gina Poole, vice president of marketing for IBM Software Group, Rational, in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The tool enables developers, architects, project managers and project owners to work …

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