Partnership between Kirkwood and Iowa Startup Accelerator aims to ‘exponentially’ spread Agile in the Corridor

Newly-minted ScrumMasters will work with Iowa Startup Accelerator teams Thanks to a partnership between Kirkwood Community College and the Iowa Startup Accelerator, the Corridor has around 30 new ScrumMasters this week. A ScrumMaster is a key role in Agile project management strategies. Agile methods break large tasks (such as developing a new software product) down into small to-do lists, and self-organizing teams constantly adjust and re-prioritize. There is an emphasis on quickly delivering iterative versions of the product to the customer, rather than creating one final version over a longer period of time. Scrum* is one method for organizing Agile practices. Within this framework, the ScrumMaster traditionally keeps an eye on the process itself – minimizing distractions and leading key meetings. The 30 new ScrumMasters took part in a three-day training by Agile For All, a Colorado-based company that has worked extensively with Geonetric on their Agile practices. Geonetric CEO and Iowa Startup Accelerator Managing Director Eric Engelmann has been one of the Corridor’s most vocal proponents of Agile methods, personally leading meetup groups and giving other businesses an inside-look at Geonetric’s processes. Kirkwood sponsored the training, by sending 15 faculty, staff and students. (Kirkwood officials did not disclose their monetary investment, but the list price for individual tickets was more than $1,500.) Nine of those new ScrumMasters will work with the startups in the Iowa Startup Accelerator for 20 hours per week throughout the fall cohort. They will focus on removing obstacles and moving the teams forward – the traditional role of a ScrumMaster. Several of those are students in Kirkwood’s project management certificate program, who completed an…