Exploring the use of a Kanban coach for student teams

Jeffrey Saltz, Ivan Shamshurin

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Recent research has noted the benefit of using Kanban, both within industry and for team-based student projects. Unfortunately, there has been minimal research on how to improve student learning of the Kanban process. This paper starts to address this gap by reporting on the results of an in-class experiment that explores how to implement a Kanban Coach (KC) for student teams that use Kanban. We first outline the key KC responsibilities and interaction mechanisms that enables the KC to efficiently guide student teams, and then report on the results of our experiment. Our results suggest that a KC can be implemented efficiently within an educational context, and that the use of a KC improves student learning and the quality of the team’s project. Hence, our initial results suggest that the use a KC should be considered as part of the project support for student team-based projects and that a KC helps students internalize how to effectively use the Kanban process methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event25th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2019 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Aug 15 2019Aug 17 2019


Conference25th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2019


  • Agile education
  • Agile project management
  • Kanban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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