SAN ANTONIO ATD
MONTHLY LEARNING MEETING
Harnessing Change: Agile Methods for L&D
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.
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. Rapid iterative cycles of design & evaluation allow us to test our solutions before full implementation, opening the doors to constructive change along the way.
And yet, software development projects face different challenges and have different needs than instructional design projects. A strict implementation of Agile methods may not apply to your L&D work. What can we borrow from this useful mindset and approach, and what do we need to shape specifically for an instructional or learning experience type of project?
In this session we’ll start with a quick definition of Agile and its use within the L&D space, then spend most of our time exploring how L&D teams that use Agile handle constant change, build relationships and get the job done. Specifically 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
About the Speaker:
Megan Torrance, Chief Energy Officer
Megan is a frequent speaker at DevLearn, ATD Events and industry podcasts. She brings over 2 decades of consulting, instructional design, and project management experience to the team. Not only does Megan facilitate our LLAMA® and instructional design workshops, but she also supports our clients with project kickoffs to make sure each project has clear direction. She is devoted to delivering outstanding work to our clients and creating a top-notch work environment based on trust, flexibility, compassion and fun.
Megan gardens, hikes, and plays ice hockey in her spare time.