Blog & Opinion
24 May 2019 • Willem Looije
Mona Lisa in the scrum?
It can be quite the task to create a single clear procedural description, including setting up the ‘online check and assessment’ and ‘digital assessment forms’ modules as the standard within the internship and graduation process. So this is a great opportunity to try the THUAS scrum approach.
When we began on 12 March of this year we used the following metaphor for the desired procedural description for the new internship and graduation process: the creation of the Mona Lisa. At that time we didn’t even realise that Thursday 2 May was the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. For me this new internship and graduation process is now forever associated with this brilliant artist.
One of the many artworks created by Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, is used as a metaphor because within the THUAS scrum approach we go for a fast and comprehensive process, but we don’t get it perfect right away.
To stick with the metaphor: first we created a simple colourless sketch of the Mona Lisa that we colour in later and then we add the detail and the more precise colours. We chose this specific work of art because Da Vinci worked on the Mona Lisa until his death. So the piece was never completely finished.
Now after the third sprint by the design team, the internship and graduation process is ‘finished’. But the process will still be further refined and improved in future years. That’s why it’s so important that we work together with all services, faculties and degree programmes to form an administrative organisation that will continue to optimise our Mona Lisa. Considering the significant involvement of the members of the design team and the presence of many stakeholders at the presentations, I have faith in our further ‘colouring’ of our internship and graduation process.
Willem Looije is the Manager of the Human Kinetic Technology Programme and the process owner of the internship and graduation process. He is responsible for the quality and evaluation of the internship and graduation process throughout THUAS.
This is part 3 in a series of three blogposts by Willem Looije, process owner of the internship and graduation process, part of Back on Track. Earlier posts in this series were “Internship and graduation process harmonization” (part 1) and “Making good progress with the internship and graduation track process optimisation” (part 2).