Agile and Instructional Design: The Mindset, the Techniques, Early Successes and Failures

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • UMBC Technology Center 1450 South Rolling Road ● 3rd Floor, Cafeteria ● Halethorpe, MD 21227 ● 410-455-8670


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Program/Q&A
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Agile and Instructional Design:  The Mindset, the Techniques, Early Successes and Failures

The Agile movement has its roots in software development.  But today organizations are utilizing Agile in a variety of business processes.  They have realized the need to be able to respond quickly  to shareholders, customers, constituents, and employees quickly and to ever changing requirements.

New technologies such as social media are changing how, where, and when people want to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.

The Agile movement affects the ISD professional in several ways:

  • ISD practices (think ADDIE) are changing to align with changes in development processes.
  • Traditional ISD practices can benefit from adopting the principles of Agile
  • Learners are demanding new ways to learn.

In this session, we will explore what the Agile movement is and how the mindset and techniques can be incorporated into the ISD environment.


  • Describe role changes that are changing as a result of Agile adoption
  • Explain what “ being Agile” is and isn’t
  • Describe how the Agile Manifesto can be applied to ISD
  • Begin to incorporate Agile practices into existing ISD practices
  • Contrast Agile with traditional ISD methods (ADDIE, Dick and Carey, etc.)
  • Identify the challenges of implementing a truly Agile learning environment

Speaker Bio:

Rick Hammond, PMP.

Rick Hammond is the Practice Manager, Business Performance Improvement, for UMBC Training Centers.  Prior to joining UMBC Training Centers, Rick was an independent consultant/business owner for nearly 29 years. 

Rick holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Early in his career, he held positions in information technology before becoming the Manager of Training and Development for a major financial institution and then the Manager of Human Resource Planning for a large corporation. 

During this time Rick worked with Dr. Lyman Steil, considered to be the world's foremost authority on listening, and Mike Vance, the former Dean of Disney University on Creative Thinking.  In addition, he was a certified instructor for Kepner-Tregoe, an organizational development consulting firm, and Blessing-White, a consulting firm specializing in career development initiatives.  Rick specialized in methods for problem-solving, planning and decision-making while instructing for these two firms.

During his consulting career, Rick worked closely with a variety of large clients to modify their business processes and to supply their people with the skills needed to be a success.  Recently, the bulk of his efforts have pertained to improving clients’ project management and business analysis processes and skills.

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