In this course we’ll teach you how to use some of the same techniques that companies like Apple use to deliver high quality software, to quickly design and deliver high quality learning solutions.
The techniques that we’ll cover in this class are not just theoretical. They are based on the real life experiences of training professionals and learning organizations that have made the switch from ISD to Agile.
These organizations and individuals were able to reduce the time required to develop and deliver training solutions, achieve world class customer satisfaction scores, and enjoy increased employee engagement scores. More importantly, agile allowed these organizations to align learning outputs with business strategy and gain the trust and admiration of their business stakeholders.
We’ve divided this course into 5 sections.
In section 1 we provide you with a background of agile so that you can become familiar with its philosophy and terminology
In Section 2 we teach you how to assess your organization to determine if your team is ready for agile.
In Section 3 we teach you step by step how to design and develop your training programs using agile.
In Section 4 we cover how to determine if Agile is working and how to report the results to your business stakeholders, finally
In Section 5 we focus on leadership. In this section we’ll teach you how to lead an agile learning team.
As a learning development professional who’s spent more years than I’d like to count trying to find ways of demonstrate the value of my teams learning solutions to business stakeholders, I can tell you first hand that Agile is a game changer.
I’m sure that this course will help you learn new ways to develop fast, good, and cheap learning content.
An Introduction To Agile
This section is “An introduction to Agile.” It will provide you with a basic background and a general understanding of Agile development. When you’ve completed this section you’ll be able to:
Explain just why trainers should use agile development
Explain the importance of the agile manifesto and the agile principles, and
Explain the differences between various approaches to Agile, and
Decide which version of agile to use in your organization
In this video we’ll provide more rational for training departments to adopt the agile methodology. We’ll make the case for training professionals to use agile as a development approach. We’ll look at some additional challenges facing today’s training organization. We’ll take a look at the current approaches to developing training programs and discuss their shortcomings by comparing them to the software development methodologies that they mimic. Finally, we’ll look at one other attempt to introduce an iterative approach to training development.
This video will discuss just why the topic of agile for training and development is an important topic for training professionals like you to discuss.
This video will provide you with the background that will need in order to understand what we’re going to teach you later in the course. It will help you understand agile, by providing you with a good working definition of the process. When you complete this section you’ll also be able to identify the attributes of the agile methodology and the historic events that allowed it to evolve into what it is today.
In this video we’re going to discuss the agile manifesto. The agile manifesto is a collection to the views that the founders of the approach have about how software should be developed. When you complete this lecture you’ll be able to make training development decisions that are aligned with the values of agile.
In this video we teach you about the twelve principals that make up the Agile doctrine and how those principals will impact your approach to training development.
In this video we'll teach you about some of the more popular forms of Agile including Extreme Programming, Standard & Poor's, Recipe for Success, and SCRUM.
This video reviews the most important topics that you learned in section one of this course.
Assessing Your Organization (How to Determine if Your Team is Ready For Agile)
Welcome to section 2 of the how to develop training that’s fast good and cheap course. Let’s face it, if organization and the individuals that make up the organization are not ready for change, it’s not going to happen. In this section we’ll share some of the tools and techniques that you can use to to determine if your organization and its employees are real for agile. We’ll also share some approaches that you can use to prepare them for the change. Please don’t skip these videos.
Using Agile To Develop Fast, Good & Cheap Learning Content
This video provides you with an overview of what you will cover in section two of this course.
In this video we teach you about the roles that individuals practicing Agile play, the artifacts or tools that are used by SCRUM practitioners, and the meetings or events that they attend.
In this section we’ll do a walk through of the agile development process. You’ll learn about the roles of the individuals that work on agile teams. You’ll be able to identify the artifacts used by practitioners of Agile and the different types of meetings that agile team members attend. Most importantly you’ll be able to identify step by step what must be accomplished when you use agile.
In this video a training manager who practices agile development discusses how agile was implemented in his organization, the results that his team got as a result of the agile implementation, and some lessons learned about the process.
How To Determine if Agile is Working?
In this section we’ll teach you how to apply the agile artifacts and events in a training and development environment. When you’re finished with this section you’ll know how to establish and groom a product backlog, how to determine which items move from a product backlog into a sprint backlog, how to facilitate daily scrums, and sprint retrospectives and how to use the burn down chart to measure the progress of your agile training project.