“Better | Faster | Cheaper: Using Agile & LEAN to Develop Training at the Speed of Business”

  • 26 Mar 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • San Ramon Community Center at Central Park


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Better | Faster | Cheaper


"Using Agile & Lean to Develop
Training at the Speed of Business"    

Business is moving faster and faster. So much so that "Speed" has become a strategic advantage. They have adopted Six Sigma, LEAN, TQM and a variety of other process models to allow the business to move faster, make fewer errors, and operate more efficiently. However, training organizations have struggled to keep up with the new pace of business. 

You'll hear people question the merit of ADDIE - the foundational curriculum development model for decades. ASTD National even offers a course titled "Leaving ADDIE for SAM" (although SAM is also an old model). This doesn't mean that ADDIE is flawed, but in some cases we have to adapt to the new business reality. Speed is a strategic advantage, and our customers and clients expect better, faster, and cheaper from us. They want a better solution that can be implemented sooner, and they want it at a lower cost.

What's a trainer to do?

In this session, the speakers will explore Agile and LEAN methods to identify how they gain greater efficiency, and how some of those methods can be applied to training project/program development. 

In this highly-interactive presentation, you will: 

  • Learn from activities designed to get you to think about how groups form and work together best
  • Consider the wisdom of front-loading analysis
  • Explore why training development needs to be LEAN and Agile
  • Review Scrum methodologies and learn how it is the most iterative version of Agile, and as such perhaps has the most potential to benefit training development
  • Consider case studies


    Joe NovoselJoe Novosel is the Chapter's President. He is a Certified Scrum Master, holds a Masters in Education, a bachelor's in Broadcast Communications, and has over twenty years experience in training and development. Joe has held Director positions in training at both The Good Guys and CompUSA (companies with sales ranging from $1B to $5B). He has partnered with such companies as Sony, Samsung, LG, Mitsubishi, Bose, and many others to deliver training (online and on the ground) across seven time zones. Joe is an expert sales and product technology trainer, holds certificates in leadership, change management, curriculum development, and Lucasfilms THX technologies (making him a Jedi Knight of A/V electronics). Joe is a training and communications consultant, served as Interim Public Communications Officer at The Good Guys, served on a management committee for a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, and through savvy project management and an innate ability in partnership development saved his companies hundreds of thousands of dollars while simultaneously improving programs and results. 

    Ravi SodhiRavi Sohdi is VP of Strategy for the chapter. He holds an MBA, has twenty years experience in Business Process Improvement and Innovation, is a Collaboration Architect, a Business Analyst, a Change Agent, and also an Adjunct Professor in High Tech + Biotech Entrepreneurship at International Technical University (ITU). Ravi has led Program Management at PG&E, AT&T, Hewlett Packard Consulting, Nexus IS, and SBC. He organized AgileCamp which was held last year at PayPal's headquarters and supports the Agile community in Silicon Valley and in the Tri-Valley. Ravi has implemented strategic change initiatives and organizational transformation programs in business, entrepreneurial and community based organizations. His specific knowledge encompasses telecommunications, IT, program management as well as health care, innovation and the digital economy. He has trained cross functional senior management on new work processes and project management on deploying platforms based on ITIL, ITSM, SEI CMM, Lean Six Sigma, TQM, SDLC and quality improvement tools and techniques.

    The Registration Process

    Use the "REGISTER' tool to the left as follows:

    • TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "credit card" button and continue. 
      • ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
    • TO RSVP & PAY BY CASH OR CHECK AT THE DOOR: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "MANUAL" button and continue. 
      • ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
    • If you have questions, email or call Joe Novosel at 707-332-8972.

    Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us order the right number of dinners. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds or credits.

    The Price Includes Your Meal

    • Discounted Rate for Mt. Diablo Members: $28
      Guest / Non Member Rate: $35
    • Student Rate: $25
      (please show student ID at registration upon arrival)

    Typical Monthly Meeting Agenda

    • 5:30 pm Networking
    • 6:00 pm Dinner begins
    • 6:30 pm Keynote presentation
    • 8:00 pm Meeting Adjourns /
      Optional "After the Show" Networking Begins

    Professional opportunities are usually mentioned during the meeting.


    San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
    12501 Alcosta Blvd.
    San Ramon, CA 94583

    Directions from 680

    • Take Crow Canyon Blvd East
    • Go Right on Alcosta Blvd (past the school and the fire station)
    • Turn right at the San Ramon Community Center and Park 
    • Parking is free

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    San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

    ATD SF East Bay, Inc.
    2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd. #4401
    San Ramon, California, 94583

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