Have You Got Agile Kids?

Shirly Ronen-Harel, Danny Kovatch and Avi Kaye have written a really interesting ebook about applying agile techniques at home when bringing up your children.  On the one hand I thought it was a really novel idea that you could apply some of these techniques in your home life.  On the other hand, I think it feels a little awkward applying a management methodology with your kids (although my kids certainly need managing!).  So I couldn’t quite decide what I thought in the end.  I think it might be one of those things you either love or hate.  Here are the links:

Web site: http://www.agileandfamily.blogspot.com
Book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005C2097A

Kelly.

3 Responses to “Have You Got Agile Kids?”

  1. Hi Kelly

    I completely get that awkward feeling you describe. People sometimes get a wary look in their eyes when they hear that I use agile techniques with our kids at home, too. But it really works!

    The trick is not to think of it as “applying a management methodology”, but tapping into fundamental principles of self-motivation, self-organization, and collaboration. The mechanics of agile (and lean!) – visual indicators, regular meetings and small project horizons – also lend themselves splendidly to fun re-interpretation in a family context.

    You can check out my Scrumfamily blog for some creative examples, but do check out Patti’s blog (http://nothingisoutofreach.wordpress.com/) about using agile with pre-schoolers and her amazing Flickr stream as well.

  2. Shirly says:

    Thanks for the write up, Kelly!

    Maritza – that’s an excellent point, and part of what we were conveying in the book. The message is simple. Once you understand that the ‘Agile’ in Agile Kids isn’t a strictly development methodology Agile, but a much more flexible approach that looks to make things fun and manageable for your kids. By the way, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go for the fun approach in development as well, but that’s material for another book :)

    Don’t forget that one of the main Agile principles is communication, which is exactly what many families lack today, or lack the tools to communicate effectively. That’s where Agile Kids comes in.

    :)

  3. John Quimbly says:

    Time to check out some fun agile videos… Well worth the 7 minutes!

    -John
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvks70PD0Rs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZyi__N4zBo

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