In my recent blogs, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about two seemingly different training topics 1) leveraging Agile as a development process for training programs and 2) the benefits of using video as a learning solution.  On the surface these topics appear to be geared toward totally different audiences, with questions and comments about Agile methodology directed at the training manager or executive, and discussions on how to become more efficient at video production bending in the direction of the learning content developer. Together, however, both topics help to address a problem that continues to plague all training professionals: How do we quickly deploy relevant, accurate, valuable, effective learning solutions that can keep up with the rapid changes that are occurring in business today?

With this as a backdrop, there is an intersection of mutual interest where the Agile methodology and video production complement each other. In fact, leveraging video as a learning solution might just make an Agile implementation more successful, and Agile as a development methodology may well help to expedite and expand the use of video in training solutions.  Here are three reasons why I believe this to be true:

  1. 1.  The Agile process supports early and continuous delivery of solutions that are valued by the customer. Video learning solutions can be completed quickly and continually delivered. 

The number one principle of Agile is to ensure that customers are happy by quickly delivering them a solution that they (the customer) finds valuable. The use of video allows training professionals to quickly develop and deliver a solution to learners.  The solution could be a simple interview with an SME that explains a new business process or a video of a corporate executive discussing the organization’s leadership philosophy.  The barriers to entry are so low that anyone with a cell phone in their pocket has the ability to capture, edit and deliver a high quality learning solution within minutes of knowing that the need exists.

  1. 2.  The Agile process focuses on delivering working software at the end of every iteration. Video production allows a completed solution to be achieved in short spurts.

Principle three of Agile focuses on the frequent delivery of a solution that “works.”  The video technology that exists today makes it easy for training professionals to “frequently” deploy “video training nuggets of knowledge” that is useful to learners.  Consider a new business system where enhanced functionality is being released in phases. Each time new functionality is added, a video screen capture of how users need to interact with the system can be deployed at the time of need.

  1. 3.  The Agile process embraces change. Video-based solutions allow training professionals to quickly make changes to content.

Principle two of Agile suggests that developers should “welcome” changing requirements, even if they occur late in the process.  If video is being used as a solution and a process changes, changing the solution can be accomplished quickly by simply re-taping the original SME or by doing an interview with a different SME.

Like I said, conversations about Agile as a training methodology and the use of video as a learning solution might seem miles apart and intended for different audiences, but if you’re in the field of training and development and you want to keep up with the speed of the business that you support, combining Agile as a methodology and video as a solution might just be the combination that you need.

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