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The Power of Agile Learning

Adrian Sita
29 Jun, 2020
3 m read

Agile learning: what's this?

In the world of business, there is a constant change of pace. The constant fluctuations are controlled by a number of factors like consumer demand and trends, but it has also been accelerated with the development of technology. It has impacted the way we communicate, shop, and live. The world around us is changing at a breakneck speed and it is up to us to respond and adapt to these changes quickly.

That is why agile learning is important for businesses that want to stay on top of their game. It forms a framework in which content is created and consumed quickly to accommodate the changes that are happening in the market. Agile learning culture allows a company to keep up to date with industry changes and better prepares an organization to survive these constant changes.

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How did agile learning come to be?

The use of agile learning culture is relatively new to the business world, the agile framework originated from the world of technology, where they were the first responders to constant advancements in their field.

At the start of the century, before the tech boom a more rigid structure was used, this was called the waterfall model. It consisted of five steps; requirements, design, implementation, verification, and, maintenance. This system was not able to hold up against the rise of technology, as each step needed to be approved before moving to the next, it was stagnant and inflexible. Any changes would require the entire process to start from the beginning.

Agile learning takes an iterative approach with continuous feedback which allows for a much more responsive framework. Although it had beginnings in the tech world it has now been applied to various industries that are impacted by the fast pace brought on by technological developments.

How to implement an agile learning culture?

An agile business is one that is able to respond to changes quickly. In order to do this, the business must cut down on its structures and processes. By keeping their methods and practices simple it allows decisions to be made quickly to industry changes.

Learning is an important factor when cultivating agile learning culture. It goes hand in hand with content development and employee engagement. Learning and development should provide the skills and information needed to respond to changes. However, there must be an open communication channel between the employees to keep them up to date with market insights

Nurturing your top performers with access to training material and building strong communication channels will be a good start to implementing agile learning culture. It is important to note that this system is only successful when there is a constant source of feedback. This culture operates like a wheel and must be kept in motion in order for it to work to its full effects.

Signs of an agile learning culture:

  • Minimal practices and rules – with fewer hurdles to jump over, a business is able to react faster to a changing market. A rigid and lengthy set of methods and practices will be time-consuming and exhaust your resources when adapting to change.
  • Responsive to customer needs – employees must identify consumer demands and trends at all times. Market insights are valuable tools to use when determining customer needs so that a response can be formulated in reaction to the industry.
  • Open communication – Employees should be encouraged to voice their ideas and opinions, this not only makes their thoughts feel valued to the business but will also help generate better solutions and provoke creative thinking.
  • Adaptable to change – how quickly a business can follow the ebbs and flows of the industry will be a tell-tale sign of their agile learning culture. It is the ability to continue to adapt to changes that build a successful workforce and organization.

Businesses face tough competition and fast-paced changes within their industry. The key to success in maintaining a thriving business is to implement agile learning culture that will constantly evolve with the information provided from market insights and customer needs.

Some (final) thoughts

A strong level of communication and an inclusive work environment will encourage employees to learn and develop strategies that can be passed easily through a flexible framework. This will ultimately result in customer satisfaction which will put your business ahead of competitors.

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