By Mark C. Layton

Scrum can be used in a variety of industries — all of them, in fact. Scrum is a framework for developing products, not a software-specific tool. Education is one such industry. Children are the future, as their children will be after them. Educating young people, and ensuring that they have the ability to come up with creative, innovation solutions and decisions themselves, should be the top priority of every culture.

Public education was first created in a different landscape — that of basic education for workers. The need was simple as the work world was simple. Today, however, complexity has grown exponentially, as has an individual’s choices for jobs and their overall role in the world.

Because of this change in the work landscape, you want education to prepare children to effectively participate. In instances where teachers are still trained to prepare and deliver material in the old way, a better way exists.

Scrum in the classroom enhances how children adapt creatively and flexibly to change, prioritize projects and ideas, and creatively come up with new solutions. Technology and media are changing so rapidly that the information that kids receive from the world around them is always in flux. With scrum, they can learn how to turn this into an advantage.