Let’s Get Agile: Learning at the Speed of Work Today

How Software Development Started It All

Today, the workforce needs tools for speed, adaptability and flexibility. In the recent past, a system of widely published, highly successful innovations in software development work style have helped guide related industries’ approaches to project management and other fields. This movement, known as Agile, was first described in 2001 in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (Agile Manifesto). 

Since then, the growing Agile revolution has guided information technology methodologies, boosting software development success rates, quality, speed to market and even IT team morale. Today, the values, principles, practices, and benefits of Agile are influencing ever more industries and functions—all the way up to the C-suite.

How Do Non-IT Industries Apply Agile Principles?

As Agile methods continue to gain popularity, industries beyond IT are adapting its principles and processes to bring their products to market.

  •      National Public Radio (News Media): New programming creation
  •      John Deere (Agricultural & Forestry Machinery): New machine development
  •      Saab (Defense): New fighter jet production
  •      C.H. Robinson (Logistics): Human resources management 

How Agile Helps Employee Learning

With Agile changing expectations, workflows and results across industries, employee learning and training need to keep pace. The most effective way e-learning can deliver on new standards of speed, flexibility, and innovation is through using a platform that distributes materials any time, any place, at users’ convenience—and importantly, distribute them in a team context.

Agile Learning within Teams

As a direct complement to Agile processes, learning investment in whole teams—rather than just individuals—is becoming the norm. Agile teams function autonomously, which fosters innovation. E-learning tailored to teams is crucial for allowing them to scale up stably as they continue to innovate and grow. In this environment, the best learning tools are those that suit Agile pacing; anything less could slow money-saving productivity. To support optimal productivity, the ideal learning tool should carry certain characteristics.

  • Consumable from any device
  • Easy and simple content creation process to encourage usage
  • Linking and tagging to more resources found on social media
  • Gamification

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StepItUp: Agile E-learning for Today’s Workplace

“The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me.”

  • Patty Woolcock, Executive Director CSHRP

StepItUp’s mobile-friendly platform was designed with the needs of Agile teams in mind, coming to life in a platform styled after social media for maximum engagement and nimble distribution.

Playing as a Team – an Agile Team

StepItUp provides a simplified e-learning structure that allows quick definition, grouping and management for specific learning tracks. This structure groups information by categories, called channels, which team members join or are added to. Then, when learning content is produced and added by fellow teammates, the whole team receives it at once. This way, everyone stays in the know, up to date, and ready to apply their new knowledge on the next project.

Gamification & Social

Metrics make the difference. Each time a member consumes learning content, their activity is tracked and measured to help gamify learning and leverage further engagement. In addition, if team members wish to complement the content they create with videos, articles or other materials, StepItUp’s platform allows quick linking and tagging to materials found on social media.

Want to learn more about how StepItUp can provide “just-right” learning to your Agile team and support top productivity and innovation? Let’s talk hello@getstepitup.com

 

 

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