Agile learning is a mindset and method of skills development, applied in the flow of achieving outcomes that can dynamically adjust with changing needs. Agile learning is not just a training program; rather, it is an attitude and a way of thinking.
In today’s labor market, agile learning enables the organization to develop critical skills to support business objectives more quickly — and provides software engineers with personalized pathways to develop their own capabilities and be more successful.
Hiring software engineers with all the skills you need today is expensive, time-consuming, and often impossible — and you need to develop new skills among existing staff or, for example, early-career new hires that may be easier to find but less qualified.
Agile learning keeps skills strategies current and adaptable — but requires the organization to be more agile about learning and training.
For example, software engineers must be able to both learn new skills and apply them immediately. While there is a place for traditional and online courses, short learning moments on the job are low-cost, low time commitment and highly effective.
Take care not to demote learning to a side-of-desk activity to be done when absolutely necessary or on the employee’s own time and initiative — or reserved for formal or off-site classroom courses. Learning must be integrated into the work day.