6 ways you can accelerate continuous learning in your organisation

Team members participating in the BCS Agile Foundation Course

Today’s workplace is driven by change, whether it’s new technology, industry trends or customer attitudes.

But to stay ahead of the curve and push your organisation forward, responding in a timely manner and continually learning are key. We’ve come up with six ways you can do just that.

1. Use role models

When it comes to following organisational culture, employees often look up to business leaders such as CEOs and line managers. People in these positions should champion learning, encourage their teams to experiment, provide consistent feedback and, most importantly, lead by example.

2. Increase access to knowledge

Knowledge is integral in the continuous learning process. Materials such as books, e-courses, case studies and success stories make it easier for people to access valuable information and ask all the burning questions. But knowledge sharing is also important, and you can do that by holding talks, meet-ups and Q&A sessions.

3. Provide and ask for feedback

Learning and performance are intertwined. By providing people with consistent feedback on their work, they can constantly improve and hone their skills. Of course, you shouldn’t just rely on your colleagues or managers to provide this; it’s up to you to ask for advice on how you can make your work even better.

4. Reflect on work

In agile working, holding retrospectives at the end of each sprint – which is essentially a biweekly period – is common. These are when everyone in the team gets together to reflect on the work that’s been produced and any improvements that can be made for the foreseeable future. Each person should answer the following questions:

  • What worked well?
  • What didn’t work well?
  • How can we improve?

5. Make learning fun

Although learning is often seen as a formal process, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and interactive. You can easily spice up learning activities through technology, game cards, team building activities and physical objects. So, instead of simply throwing information at people, you’re encouraging debate and team working.

6. Simplify learning 

Not only should you make learning informative and interactive, but it must also be easy and accessible to everyone. Teams need to be clear on the things to learn and address, which can be achieved by setting learning objectives. However, they also need access to the right tools and resources to continually learn. Applications such as Atlassian Confluence and Jira facilitate learning and collaboration perfectly.

If you’d like to learn more about agile learning, check out the courses on offer through our Academy.

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