346 - On-Demand: Agile Methods in L&D: Harnessing Change

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Management and Strategy

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The software industry is embracing Agile project management and there is much that we in learning & development can learn from them. Whether you're using SAM, LLAMA, Scrum or still exploring your options, there's a lot to be learned from Agile teams in the ways that they manage their relationships and communications with the business in order to deliver their work on time, in budget, and in line with expectations—even as those expectations evolve throughout the project.

In this session we'll start with a quick definition of Agile and its use within the L&D space, then look at how L&D teams that use Agile handle constant change, build relationships, and get the job done.‬‬ You’ll learn how Agile provides a framework for adapting to change as it happens and working with the project sponsor to deliver what's most needed by learners. In a rapidly changing environment, the Agile mindset helps us harness change for good (instead of resisting it) and Agile techniques offer solutions for making constant change a practical reality. We’ll examine the process of rapid iterative cycles of design and evaluation that allow us to test our solutions before full implementation, opening the doors to constructive change along the way. In the end you’ll learn what can we borrow from this useful mindset and approach, and what we need to shape specifically for an instructional or learning experience type of project.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How Agile in L&D is applied differently from the rest of the organization
  • How Agile helps L&D teams meet business needs when those needs are rapidly changing
  • How L&D teams can build strong relationships with SMEs, sponsors, and stakeholders
  • How iterative development and evaluation moves projects along faster
Megan Torrance, CEO - TorranceLearning

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