Do you want to kill innovation in your team? Then make the smart decision to standardize all day-to-day tasks. Write manuals with strict instructions that must be followed word-for-word, with no room for colleagues to think for themselves. Cultivate a hostile environment for learning and push back new ideas. Promise your boss and increase in auto-drive performance and checkmarks. I hope you hear the sarcasm. In today’s world, scaling efficiency will get your team nowhere. Your competitors are no longer focused on who can build a product quicker. All the money is on who can come up with the next “big thing” first. Back up your team with tools to help scale knowledge, connect the dots, and come up with new ideas.
So, why scalable learning?
Scalable learning has changed how organizations take on technological disruptions. The traditional methods of absorbing new information are hierarchical, slow, and no longer enough to keep up with exponential change. Instead, introduce a more pragmatic and interactive way of learning for your team. An open structure where everyone has the opportunity to learn, get their hands dirty with a skill, share ideas, and develop. This is how you stay relevant in the tech industry. Here are four ways for your team to increase learning and produce awesome ideas:
Create hands-on challenges
It is no secret; we learn best when we apply our knowledge. Studies show, 70% of successful learning comes from hands-on experience and problem-solving. Build interactive and adaptable challenges to make learning interactive with real sandbox environments. Have your colleagues experiment and get their hands dirty with new tools and skills in real infrastructures. Innovation is all fun and games when learning is done right.
Offer Flexibility with On-demand learning
Here’s the good news — thanks to cloud technology, you can learn new concepts whenever you want at the pace you want. Colleagues can focus on skills that spark curiosity and are significant to the project at hand. Time is your most precious asset; don’t waste it on irrelevant training. Everyone can learn relevant topics, at their own pace, and when it is needed.
Build byte-sized content
Create and consume small pieces of content in concentrated bursts. This is what learning experts call micro-learning. Embed learning in your colleagues’ day-to-day workflow, making it easy for everyone to develop their skills regularly. Memory also plays a role here. By presenting new concepts and tools in small, easy to digest bits, retention will increase. Everyone has time for twenty to thirty minutes of fun and valuable learning.
Share Share Share
Two or more minds are always better than one. Create a culture of knowledge-sharing and discussion in your team. Close the skill gap between colleagues and build an untouchable bank of knowledge, accessible by all your colleagues. Conversations open a new outlook on a concept or skill, making it possible to scale on thought processes. Remove bias and add cross-thinking. Sharing needs to be your team’s secret power; you all will have the capability to outperform anyone.
Make a change
Create a working environment where you and your colleagues can learn new concepts, develop new skills through experimentation in sandboxes, and share new knowledge with others. By introducing scalable learning, your team will experience amazing growth in performance and come up with excellent ideas.
Change the face of learning
Instruqt brings tech learning to the next generation of tech engineers. We believe that by cultivating a world of better learners, thinkers, and problem-solvers, organizations are well-positioned to thrive. For more information, visit instruqt.com.
Katy is passionate about learning. Some believe they know everything, and then some seek to learn something new every day. She believes there is a mutual benefit in learning. Businesses financially benefit from working with people who want to learn. Individuals benefit by expanding their expertise and knowledge for the future. She seeks to understand the habits of those who are every curious and improving themselves and how to empower them.