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  1.' Wayne Stevens says:

    Hi, I am a teacher at Papamoa College and I would love to get involved with Agile – I see this as an extremely exciting opportunity to look at a different style of leadership and I would be very keen to have an input.

  2. Fionna Wright says:

    Kia ora Wayne,

    It’s great to see your response to this post and that you are keen to get involved with Agile. With this approach (mindset), there are definitely ways of thinking, approaches to working with others and tools to support a range of people in the sector, including leaders. We are keen to follow up on your and other people’s thoughts on this. What do you and others know about Agile? What would you like to know? In regard to leadership and ways of working together to address change/deliver better outputs – what are some of the specific challenges? This will help us to consider next steps.

    Feel free to comment here or contact us directly (As above).


    1. Fionna Wright says:

      Here is a good article for managers who perhaps want to address their leadership style: Why Do Managers Hate Agile?

  3.' Steph Ngarepa says:

    Hi there! I have really struggled with a new cohort of kids this year that have challenged my ‘traditional’ teaching methods. I have tried lots of things over the years but am loving the implementation of digital devices into my classroom context and new pedagogy thinking that has extended my thinking over the past couple of years. We are a fairly new BYOD Year 7-13 school and have been working with a Core facilitator (Philippa) to get our school into a better space to be more effective with what we do and potentially become a blended school, stretching to the depths of NZ and potentially the world. I teach Year 7&8 students and love real-life experiences that enable student agency and integrate throughout the curriculum.

    Through my current study, I have been challenged to explore new ways to manage my class and really love Steve Peha’s stuff about agile classrooms. Even the title of his article is fantastic! Agile Schools: How Technology Saves Education (Just Not The Way We Thought It Would) Peha, 2011. I love that your blog post Supporting Education Transformation And Innovation Through Agile breaks down all the key elements so it is really easy to understand! I am going to share this on our MeWe group!

    “Agile is a set of values, principles, and practices designed to break down hierarchical silos to emphasise collaboration across multidisciplinary, self-managing teams, build relationships and trust, strengthen organisational capability, and support innovation”. Rigby, D.K., Sutherland, J., & Takeuchi, H. (2016) I think this is brilliant! Especially self-managing teams and supporting innovation.

    I particularly like the idea of Kanban and think this will work effectively with my students. I have looked into Trello and it has some good features.
    Can you suggest some digital tools to get going with Agile? What would our next steps be? The fear of trying new things is real (#failure) particularly when life is always so busy! But I love the values and principles that are involved in Agile. All suggestions welcomed!

  4. Kia Ora Fiona,

    I work with a consultancy that leverages Agile in a lot of the work we do in transforming organisations.

    As part of our social mission, we want to give back to the community and part of that is a natural fit to help educate what Agile is, how it can help and specifically how our organisation can be a part of that.

    Would love to get in contact to discuss if that’s something possible.


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