Agile has grown exponentially. This has created a demand for training that is growing even faster. Most course deliveries, unfortunately, still use the old teaching technique of using intensive 2-4 days classes without doing any real work in the classroom. This has created a knowledge gap where people have hopefully learned something (even been certified in it) but don’t know how to apply it. This gap is often addressed with coaching. However, as more and more large companies are adopting Agile the approach of intense training and expensive coaching is no longer a viable alternative for most companies.
There is now a strong need to educate people in larger numbers, at a lower cost and with higher quality than has been possible before. Net Objectives has created a scaled learning method that combine flipped classroom learning and blended learning . Flipped classroom learning has students read or watch prepared lessons without the instructor being involved. Then, the students work with each other and/or the instructor to do the homework. Blended learning uses multiple methods of conveying instruction. By having weekly lessons, people have a constant cadence of learning. This also allows for better retention. It has been demonstrated that 80-90% of information is lost after 2-5 days. Scaled learning focuses on learning through doing.
Integrating flipped classroom and blended learning allows for training large groups of people over time. The learning also sticks because it is done over time and on their own work. It also fully attends to how people learn. Ineffective training is so ubiquitous that people think it’s normal. It is common to hear that 90% of training doesn’t stick. But that’s mostly because:
The lower curriculum cost is just the start. Losing less of people’s time by providing it in small segments is even a greater savings. But even greater still is the fact that participants become more effective quicker.
Slower, Better, Cheaper- Why Scaled Learning Is Our Future and How to Get it Today
Classroom training is centuries old. The recent fad of adding exercises and games helps, but doesn’t change the fact that the students forget 80-90% of what they’ve learned after just a week. Training is also focused on a canned solution instead of people’s problems.
The Adopting FLEX Workshop online uses these methods to teach Lean-Agile transformation agents how to adopt FLEX in their organizations. The core of the workshop is equivalent to a 3-day on site workshop and includes more than a day with me working with participants in solving their actual problems.
Two online FLEX courses are now being offered – FLEX for SAFe, and Adopting FLEX (the first course in becoming a FLEX trainer).
If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway.