2012-09-01

Agile Manifesto and E-learning Development

Agile is an approach designed for the development of software.

I have duplicated the Agile values and manifesto below. The only change I have made is to replace the word 'software' with 'e-learning'.

The Agile approach values:

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools;
  2. Working e-learning over comprehensive documentation;
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation;
  4. Responding to change over following a plan.

That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, the items on the left are valued more.


Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto

  • Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer
    through early and continuous delivery
    of valuable e-learning;
  • Welcome changing requirements, even late in
    development. Agile processes harness change for
    the customer's competitive advantage;
  • Deliver working software frequently, from a
    couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a
    preference to the shorter timescale;
  • Business people and developers must work
    together daily throughout the project;
  • Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done;
  • The most efficient and effective method of
    conveying information to and within a development
    team is face-to-face conversation;
  • Working e-learning is the primary measure of progress;
  • Agile processes promote sustainable development;
  • The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely;
  • Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility;
  • Simplicity, the art of maximizing the amount of work not done, is essential;
  • The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams;
  • At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.

If you are interested, you can learn more.

I certainly recognise well established learning models encompassed in the descriptions above.

Do you think this approach has merit within e-learning?

Perhaps you are already using it. How has it worked for you?

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