Getting the Minimally Viable Product for Your LMS: Implementing Agile to LMS Selection

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2015 - March 27, 2015

Elizabeth Melville

Director, Professional Learning and Development
McGraw-Hill Education

The selection process for a company needing a new LMS can be daunting. Defining a realistic list of functional requirements takes skill, and aligning it with what learners and managers need is a difficult task. The second part of the process, selecting the right LMS, is a critical decision that impacts the organization far and wide. If overly influenced by personality or vendor history, a poor choice could be made.

In this session you will explore how the principles and values of agile development offer value even when outsourcing the technical development of the LMS solution. You will examine a real-world example of a company that used agile to give structure to the LMS selection process. You will leave this session understanding a process that you can follow to define the needs of the LMS, distill these needs into a vendor scoreboard, and select a minimally viable product (MVP).

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use the agile process to define user stories (who your learners are and what they need)
  • How to define a minimally viable product list
  • The value (and pitfalls) of minimally viable products
  • How to create a scoreboard to rate your options for an LMS
  • The frames of mind needed to accept your minimally viable products

Audience:
Novice to advanced designers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Learning management systems, eLearning.

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