Each year, Rick visits Naperville Central High School to speak to their Software Engineering students about Agility.
Rick started this in 2017, when he was invited by the head of the AP Software Engineering department. Their department, and that of a sister High School (Naperville North), teach their students self-management techniques for use when tackling large school projects. They had known for quite a while that Rick lived in the area, and that he teaches Scrum. It took an entire school year to work out some dates that were good for both Rick and the high school, but they finally had their first session.
In the last several years, Rick taught the students a brief history of Agile and Scrum, a quick overview of the Agile Values and Principles, and the Scrum Values, the Scrum Framework, eXtreme Programming practices (Test Driven Development, Paired Programming, and the importance of continuous testing, integration, and deployment). He’s even had a class where the students participated in the Marshmallow Challenge!
Unfortunately, during the 2020-21 school year, the class was taught virtually. But, as you can see, that didn’t stop anyone – these kids are amazing!
Rick Waters donated a Certified Scrum Master class, to 35 fellow employees, just before Thanksgiving 2018, in Jersey City. Each student was able to get their manager to agree to expensing the $50 fee for the CSM exam and 2 years of membership to Scrum Alliance Community. Anil Jaising delivered an exemplary co-training performance. Anil actually designed the course and provided all of the course materials as well.
Rick Waters returned in 2019 to deliver two more courses to the great Agile Professionals at JPMC. Rick and Anil agreed to take a large part of the profits from all of the classes, and donate more than $5000 to the American Cancer Society.