Naga Chokkanathan

Last Saturday, we were in a meeting @ Thoughtworks University and found this interesting tool they use in their training sessions, called “Learning Matrix”.

Basically they have a huge chart split into 4 areas. These quadrants have a picture of a Smiley Face, Sad Face, Light Bulb and a flower. As the chart was empty, I couldn’t understand the meaning of those 4 pictures / how they use it in the classroom.

Later, I did some google search on the title “Learning Matrix” and Thoughtworks – Found this link which gave a clear explanation for these boxes and how they are used: http://www.learninggeneralist.com/2008/03/using-learning-matrix.html

Those 4 Quadrants mean “Things we did well”, ‘Things we didn’t do well”, “Ideas” and “Appreciations”. Students are asked to write their comments in a post-it notes and stick them in the relevant area. This becomes a great tool for analyzing how the training went – no matter it’s a 1 hour session or 15 days session.

Very interesting. I want to use this in my next training session. (Hei wait, May be this tool is patented to Thoughtworks and I can’t use it? How to find out?)

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N. Chokkan …

29 11 2010

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1 Response to "Learn Matrix"

I guess this is a very common concept and is one of the Project management best practices in Software Industry. After every project release, we have a post -release evaluation and discuss what went well/ what didn’t go well..

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