Agile Learning Sets

Agile Learning Sets TM have been created by Peter and Kathryn Stansbury and combine the approach of Action Learning (pioneered by Reg Revans and currently developed by people like Professor Mike Pedler of Henley Business School) and Agile.

Agile Learning Sets can be used to address many challenges but there are three key ones we have identified and focus on:

  • The Learning Challenge
  • The Lessons Learned Challenge
  • The Benefits Realisation Challenge

The Learning Challenge

The Kirkpatrick model of learning evaluation helps highlight the challenges and limitations of just using traditional training.  The four levels described by Kirkpatrick are shown below together with an Agile context:

Level Description Description Agile Level
1  Reaction  How did delegates find and react to the training (e.g. enjoyment and relevance)? Liking (?) Agile
2  Learning  Have delegates learned and retained the new skills? Understanding Agile
3  Transfer  Have delegates changed their behaviour as a result of the training? Doing Agile
4  Results  Is the organisation seeing real tangible benefits arising from the training? Being Agile


It is generally acknowledged that traditional training courses alone do not get learners much beyond level 2, however good and however enthusiastic they are.  Once the reality of the day job hits the impetus is all too often lost.

Agile Learning Sets enable learners to rapidly start “Doing Agile” and to complete the journey to “Being Agile” by collaboratively learning on the job.

What is an Agile Learning Set?

It is a group of about 6 people, who meet regularly to support one another in their learning and development in order to take purposeful action on relevant issues.   It needs to be well facilitated to ensure the set members to ask searching questions and the problem holder reflects on the situation and follows through on actions to be taken.

Individuals maintain an Agile Learning Journal to help them maintain focus and momentum.

The power of the Agile Learning Set comes from the type of questions that are used and the time for reflection, which is given to each problem holder.

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