Buzzword Breakdown: Agile
Welcome to Episode two of Buzzword Breakdown, Agile edition. Now technically, Agile isn’t a buzzword. It has an official definition, and many formal processes associated with it. We include it here because the official definition differs from the learning and development industry definition.
Agile (One Official Definition)
a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans
agile (L&D Industry Unofficial Definition)
Flexible development; unlimited revisions
Note there is a big difference between the two meanings. And this isn’t the case everywhere, but we have seen it. And it does give us cause for concern.
We aren’t anti-Agile. It can be a great method for your project. It’s ok to be flexible with development. We understand that projects change over time.
However, if your projects seem to be going over time and over budget due to seemingly endless rounds of revisions, it might be time to take a step back and reevaluate your process.
Some tips (because we love lists and tips!):
Make your learning objectives part of your shared vision
Get everyone involved in creating the vision & learning objectives
Refer to the shared vision often
Whenever major revisions are requested, determine if they are directly related to the shared vision before proceeding
Educate the project team and stakeholders on effective review cycles
Don’t get stuck in a cycle of continually revising in the name of agility. Flexibility has its place in the context of a shared commitment to an established vision and predetermined plan for review.