Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 29

Volume 29 Issue 2, Pages 93-103

Spring 2018


A Three Cohort Study of Role-Play Instruction for Agile Project Management


Kurt Schmitz
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

Abstract: Agile Project Management methods and processes that emphasize action and feedback over planning continue to gain prominence for Information Systems projects. This topic is an ideal candidate to lead the evolution of project management instruction from teaching “about” to learning “how to.” This paper describes a role-play simulation to instruct students in Agile project methods. This simulation is inspired by the Scrum Software Development Process and has as its goal to teach key Agile project management competencies using first hand experiences. A study of efficacy across three cohorts of students is presented to contrast the role-play instructional method with reading and lecture.

Keywords: Active learning, Agile, Project management, Role-play, Simulation

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Recommended Citation: Schmitz, K. (2018). A Three Cohort Study of Role-Play Instruction for Agile Project Management. Journal of Information Systems Education, 29(2), pp. 93-104.