2014 was a big year for us in our Agile journey. No, we’re not any better at yoga, despite having a yogi in residence.
No, 2014 was a big year for us because really set ourselves to sharing what we’ve learned with others. Generous Collaboration is one of our core values, you know. Megan was out giving conference presentations & workshops at Training 2014, Learning Solutions, ATD’s ICE, Learning DevCamp, Online Learning, DevLearn. She worked with several clients to bring them custom in-house workshops, too. (And we’re hosting a workshop Feb 3-5 at our Clocktower Labs training space in Chelsea, MI.)
And we wrote about it! Check out the links below to the year’s worth of articles and publications.
You’ll find in short order that this book isn’t a how-to book. It’s a guide, a reference, a companion piece to your project management. Some of it applies to whatever project approach you’re using. Some of it is Agile-specific. As you go through the book, you will take the pieces that work for you and your project and make them your own. On Time. In Budget. What They Need (even if that changes!). That’s what you can expect as you implement LLAMA or any of the Agile project management approaches.
Agile project management is an approach for managing a creative project process, where team members accept and expect change throughout the life of the project. Here are the hallmarks of the agile process, and a way to begin learning how (and why) to put this effective, fluid approach to work for your eLearning development projects.
Many instructional designers know and use the linear ADDIE approach to development projects. At the same time, many are also aware of agile methods that offer significant flexibility and facilitate changes. Does a designer have to choose one or the other? Not really—and this article explains why.
The Agile methodology helps project managers respond to rapidly changing business requirements that can shift even before a project is complete. It guides you to better target the deliverables required to meet a project’s goals, fine tuning as necessary. A form of Agile, the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach (LLAMA), is designed specifically for instructional projects.
We account for the unknown in project planning by padding our estimates of time and budget. Everyone does it, out of fear of the consequences of failing to meet commitments. A key shift necessary in adopting agile project management is to shed this mode of estimating the work at hand. Here is some expert advice on becoming fearless.
Project management needs to be flexible, simple, and client-friendly. It must also accommodate client suggestions and designer inspirations after the project starts. While ADDIE summarizes the important steps in a systems approach to instructional design, it has trouble with common scope issues: task management, time, and budget. Task cards are a key innovation that resolves this.
Agile project management and lean manufacturing influence many activities today. LLAMA (lot like agile methods approach) applies those two processes and instructional-design best practices to deliver effective eLearning. At the Learning Solutions 2014 Conference, we crowd-sourced ways to reduce waste in instructional design, and we present the results of that work here.
A combination of two or more distinct “agile” concepts could lay the groundwork for a highly successful training project.