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 – here at TorranceLearning. But that doesn’t mean we give up on what ADDIE has taught us.

This article in Learning Solutions Magazine goes into more depth, but here’s the gist of it.

One of the core tenets of an Agile approach is iterative development. It’s a process of getting progressively closer to the finished product, not by planning and designing more, but by building something useful and seeing what happens.

ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate. When you Implement and Evaluate, you are taking the next steps toward Analyzing. In many respects, this is how ADDIE was intended to work. The reality of it is that we often get pulled to the next project right after we “I” (and often before we get a chance to “E”) and we never take advantage of learning from our experience.

With Agile, the iterations are much smaller, allowing the project team to get experience and feedback with a working product much earlier in the process, and without necessarily increasing the length of the project timeline. You could call it ADDIEADDIEADDIEADDIE, but LLAMA rolls off the tongue a bit better.