Live Fearlessly

By | 2017-09-03T13:14:28+00:00 January 5th, 2015|elearning, Instructional Design, LLAMA, News|

One of the biggest cultural shifts that new team members at TorranceLearning face isn't our casual-every-day dress code or the lack of enclosed offices. It’s not the open book finance or the daily sync up sessions. Nope. It’s our fearless estimating. We take an Agile project management approach to estimating: [...]

Namaste, Friends. Find your Office Zen.

By | 2017-09-03T13:14:29+00:00 October 6th, 2014|elearning, News|

Does your work stress you out? We’ve all experienced the squeeze of work-related stress from time to time, but too much stress at the office too often can make a huge dent in your quality of life and decrease your productivity. We’re not okay with that, and we’re actively seeking [...]

ADDIE or Agile? A false dichotomy

By | 2017-09-03T13:14:29+00:00 August 28th, 2014|elearning, Instructional Design, LLAMA, News|

There’s a lot of buzz these days about whether we should abandon the training industry’s go-to model, ADDIE, for an Agile approach. The discussion has been rich, with elegant arguments made on both sides. A disclaimer: we’re all about Agile, or rather, LLAMA – the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach [...]

How We Use Lean Coffee for Rich Results

By | 2017-09-03T13:14:29+00:00 May 15th, 2014|elearning, News|

“Lean Coffee is a discussion facilitation technique that helps a small group agree on topics and a structure for a discussion that otherwise has no specific agenda.” As a team of project managers, instructional designers, trainers and leaders, we do like our big box of tools and techniques we can [...]

Why do we teach Agile to elearning developers?

By | 2017-09-03T13:14:29+00:00 April 22nd, 2014|elearning, LLAMA, News|

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” This is the preamble to the Agile Manifesto (www.agilemanifesto.org) and it’s one of the most important pieces of the whole thing, as far as we’re concerned. It means we’ve learned this by experimenting, by [...]

Agile: An incredibly freeing way to work

By | 2017-09-03T13:14:29+00:00 September 20th, 2013|elearning, LLAMA, News|

At a recent conference session on using Agile project methods for elearning (what we call LLAMA), an interesting question came up. I’ll paraphrase. “Doesn’t the project team think this is just incredibly controlling?” Uh, no... “Really? I tried to do something very much like this and nobody liked it. They [...]