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104 Agile Instructional Design: The Self-Managing Team and Satisfied Learners

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Wednesday, April 20

Tracks: Management & Strategy

How many times have you completed a project and given it to your stakeholder, only to find out it wasn’t exactly what they needed? You gave them a rocket ship when all they wanted was a bike. We’ve been there, too. We knew we needed to adjust how we manage our work and how to include stakeholders. As soon as we started learning, adapting, and implementing their project management methodology, we immediately saw increased accountability, transparency, efficiency, collaboration, and professionalism in our work on our team, and in our stakeholder relationships.

In this session, you’ll learn how to incorporate Agile Scrum into a design team. First, you’ll explore how to get started by creating team buy-in and gaining stakeholder support. Next, you’ll learn the Agile Scrum framework, what it looks like in action, and how to implement it in your team. Finally, you’ll understand how to include stakeholders in the process in a way that ensures efficiency and collaboration. Our goal is to show you how incorporating Agile Scrum into your design team will help you create better products, more meaningful communication, as well as increase trust with your clients as you show professionalism and efficiency in your work.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to get started incorporating Agile Scrum on your design team
  • What the pieces of a sprint are, and why they are important
  • What the roles are within a Scrum team, and how they work with instructional design
  • How to build trust and include stakeholders throughout the sprint process
  • How we made Agile Scrum our own
  • How Scrum has helped us build user-centered solutions faster and better

Michael Farnsworth

Senior Instructional Designer


Michael Farnsworth has been part of the training and instructional design team at Verisk, Property Estimating Solutions, for over five years and is currently a senior instructional designer. Before joining Verisk, Michael received a digital media degree from Utah Valley University, with an emphasis in graphic design, game development, and animation. While there, he was introduced to Scrum. He has been using that knowledge to implement and modify Scrum for the instructional design team at Verisk.

Seth Warburton

Senior Instructional Designer


Seth Warburton is a passionate learning designer, Scrum master, and project leader. He started as a TV producer and teacher but he quickly fell in love with the combination of those two professions in the form of instructional design. He has expanded the impact and quality of instructional video on multiple learning and development teams and has mentored many in the application of effective adult learning principles. He is currently a senior instructional designer and Scrum master. He has a master’s of instructional design and is a Certified Professional in Talent Development from the Association for Talent Development.