Agile Adoption in Higher Ed IT (one measure)

For some time I have been advancing Agile methods, specifically within Higher Education’s Information Technology offices. Beginning in 2012 I began weekly queries of Higher Ed Jobs (www.higheredjobs.com) to identify IT specific jobs which include “Agile” or “Scrum” within their job descriptions. These are then compared to all IT specific jobs posted to the job search site. In order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the IT industry’s adoption of Agile methods, I added Dice (www.dice.com) in the second week and Indeed (www.indeed.com) in the third.

Higher Education Institutions
Advertising for Agile/Scrum Positions

Beginning in April, 2012, I began listing the names of the colleges and universities returned by Higher Ed Jobs matching the Agile/Scrum search parameters (see Methodology below). The following colleges and universities have advertised open IT positions in HigherEdJobs.com referencing Agile and/or Scrum. Each job posting contributing to the college or university inclusion in this list was reviewed to ensure the position included an interest in Agile or Scrum related methods, as opposed to simply using the word “agile” in the job position (e.g., “The University seeks an agile individual…”). Below this list are organizations that service the Higher Ed community.

Institutions of Higher Education

  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Bucknell university
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Kansas State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Miami University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Princeton University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tufts University
  • UMassOnline
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Office of the President
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Massachusetts, Medical School
  • University of Massachusetts, Office of the President
  • University of Massachusetts, Online (UMassOnline)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Virgina Tech

Higher Education Sector Vendors

  • Ellucian (formerly Sungard/Datatel)

Methodology

Two “job agents” were created using Higher Ed Jobs’ (HEJ) providing weekly reports of new jobs posted to the job search site (see HEJ-AgileVaAllData ): “Agile/Scrum” and “All IT Jobs.” The search criteria for the reports are:

Dice.com: All Jobs

Keyword: [Blank-returns all jobs]
Exclude: [Blank-returns all jobs]
Location Options: By Zip Code/City: [Returns all jobs]
Travel Preference: [Blank-returns all jobs]
Employment Type: No Restrictions [Returns all jobs]
Search Results View options: Jobs posted within 7 days

Dice.com: All “Agile” OR “Scrum” Jobs

Keyword: Agile Scrum [Match any words]
Exclude: [Blank-returns all jobs]
Location Options: By Zip Code/City: [Returns all jobs]
Travel Preference: [Blank-returns all jobs]
Employment Type: No Restrictions [Returns all jobs]
Search Results View options: Jobs posted within 7 days

HigherEdJobs.com: All IT Jobs

Email Notification: Weekly (How often HEJ emails new job openings)
Location Type: Location Bound – Employee is required to work from a specific geographic location
(For example, work in an office or location based classroom)
Online/Remote – Employee is NOT required to work from a specific geographic location
(For example, teach and/or work from home)
Location: Search in all locations
Search Criteria Admin-Computing; Database Administration; Management/Director; Multimedia; Network/System Administration; Programming/Analyst; Support and Training; Web Development, and; Other.
Position Type: Full-Time; Part-Time/Adjunct
Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (BA, MA and/or PhD); Community College (Associate Degree); Outside Higher Education
Keyword: (None included)

HigherEdJobs.com:All “Agile” OR “Scrum” IT Jobs

Email Notification: Weekly (How often HEJ emails new job openings)
Location Type: Location Bound – Employee is required to work from a specific geographic location
(For example, work in an office or location based classroom)
Online/Remote – Employee is NOT required to work from a specific geographic location
(For example, teach and/or work from home)
Location: Search in all locations
Search Criteria Admin-Computing; Database Administration; Management/Director; Multimedia; Network/System Administration; Programming/Analyst; Support and Training; Web Development, and; Other.
Position Type: Full-Time; Part-Time/Adjunct
Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (BA, MA and/or PhD); Community College (Associate Degree); Outside Higher Education
Keyword: Agile OR Scrum

Indeed: All Programmer Jobs

Using Advanced Search

With all of these words programmer
With the exact phrase [Blank-returns all jobs]
With at least one of these words [Blank-returns all jobs]
With none of these words [Blank-returns all jobs]
With these words in the title [Blank-returns all jobs]
From this company [Blank-returns all jobs]
Show jobs of type [Blank-returns all jobs]
Show jobs from [Blank-returns all jobs]
Salary estimate [Blank-returns all jobs]
Where and When [Blank-returns all jobs]
Location (city, state, or zip) [Blank-returns all jobs]
Age – Jobs published [Blank-returns all jobs]
Display results per page, sorted by [Blank-returns all jobs]

Indeed: All Programmer Jobs plus “Agile OR “Scrum”

Using Advanced Search

With all of these words programmer
With the exact phrase [Blank-returns all jobs]
With at least one of these words  agile scrum
With none of these words [Blank-returns all jobs]
With these words in the title [Blank-returns all jobs]
From this company [Blank-returns all jobs]
Show jobs of type [Blank-returns all jobs]
Show jobs from [Blank-returns all jobs]
Salary estimate [Blank-returns all jobs]
Where and When [Blank-returns all jobs]
Location (city, state, or zip) [Blank-returns all jobs]
Age – Jobs published [Blank-returns all jobs]
Display results per page, sorted by [Blank-returns all jobs]

Colorado State University

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