Turning on a Dime with Agile Learning Design
The term, "Agile," isn’t new, but the use of such a framework has become an indicator of relevance in today’s ever-changing business environment. Since Agile emerged in 2001 as an alternative to the cumbersome documentation process miring the software industry, it has been adopted widely by other businesses as a framework to develop effective solutions quickly. Its hallmarks are collaboration, flexibility, and speed. Like most business functions, Learning and Development (L&D) organizations that can’t meet those ideals soon will be irrelevant.
Agile methodology isn’t the only worthwhile approach to instructional design, of course. ADDIE, Lean, and other frameworks are available and effective, but Agile is particularly well-suited to instructional design, and its core principles can be applied to many design approaches.
This white paper discusses what the Agile design concept means for L&D and outlines some best practices that can make all organizations more responsive and flexible.