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RIA # 96: Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark on Agile Methodology

Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark is an associate professor of English at Elon University where she coordinates the professional writing and rhetoric program and leads the Design Thinking Studio in Social Innovation pilot program. She earned her MA in Professional Communication from Clemson University in 2000 and PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from Iowa State University in 2007. Between her MA and PhD, Rebecca spent two years working in marketing communications in Silicon Valley. Her research interests include student collaboration and project-based learning; Agile project management as strategy for managing both faculty and student work; design thinking pedagogies, especially in the liberal arts; and metic intelligence in professional and technical writing pedagogy. Her work has appeared in disciplinary journals including the Journal of Business and Technical Communication and Technical Communication Quarterly as well as in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning journals. She has led workshops on Agile and the Scrum framework at multiple conferences, including the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is the author of the faculty development book, Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching, available now from the University of Chicago Press. More information about Rebecca can be found on her website

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Agile Methodology [00:00-12:59]

In this first segment, Rebecca describes the main elements of the agile project management methodology.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Backlogs and Sprints [13:00-26:51]

In segment two, Rebecca shares about two specific aspects of the agile method.

Segment 3: Scrum Boards [26:52-37:47]

In segment three, Rebecca shares about the concept of a scrum board and describes how she uses one.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-6:14]: Using a Scrum Board in the Classroom

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