The Power of Informal Learning Networks

  • Audrey Boydston, Scaled Agile

One of the best kept secrets in many enterprises today is the emergence of behind-the-scenes, innovative, collaborative, people-powered learning networks. These are not separately funded, fully planned, leadership led, exclusive organizations within an enterprise. Rather, they are initiated by individuals and groups that are looking for a way to share their expertise and learn from others in exchange for personal growth. Organizational boundaries do not inhibit them.

Agile has inspired the formation of many of these learning networks. It has sparked a renewed energy and focus on learning as part of everything that we do, way beyond retrospection alone. Agile enterprises have the unique opportunity to extend and expand learning by tapping into these networks to help accelerate connections and an innovation mindset across all of their business units. Sustainability and growth of Agile transformations are often catalyzed by and through these networks.

This talk will share real life examples of journeys with learning networks, how they emerge and how they catalyze to form and grow. We’ll also provide thinking tools for connecting networks together to foster a continuous learning culture.

  • Date:Wednesday, June 10
  • Time:2:20 PM - 3:05 PM
  • Session Type:Main Conference Track
  • Learning Objective #1:Identify the internal factors that are enhancing/growing learning networks
  • Learning Objective #2:Discover patterns to help create, nurture and sustain learning networks
  • Learning Objective #3:Learn how to extend these networks across an enterprise
  • Talk Level:Intermediate
Audrey Boydston
Scaled Agile