The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning
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The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning

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The Five Rules for Accelerated Learning is a primer for finding your learning blind spots and questioning your assumptions about how learning works. By the end of this short book, you will have transformed the ways you perceive the possibilities and process of learning.

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Willem Larsen
Willem Larsen

For 15 years Willem designed cutting-edge learning tools for all ages in the natural sciences—at the Oregon Zoo, OMSI, Tryon Creek State Park, and the Eddy Foundation Land Trust. He was a founding partner of Cascadia Wild!, a founding member of TrackersNW, and a former partner at "Where Are Your Keys?" co-developing the approach that led to the craft of Language Hunting.

Willem believes that languages, traditions, and skills are treasures that communities hold as a whole—only by learning together can we create the rich lives we want for each other.

Willem Larsen is Creative Director of Language Hunters, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Portland, OR.

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Diana Larsen
Diana Larsen

A visionary pragmatist, Diana Larsen is Chief Connector at the Agile Fluency™ Project where we hold a vision of a future where: “Every agile software team practices Software Development at a level of fluent proficiency that specifically fits their businesses’ needs.” At AFP, she has turned her considerable skills as an advisor and guide to preparing upcoming agile coaches and consultants for the business challenges that lie ahead. 

During her extensive career, Diana has worked with business leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, inspire teams to greatness, and support leader and enterprise agility. Now, she prepares the grounding for other agile leaders to achieve similar results, building on the foundation of the Agile Fluency Suite.  

She is author of the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; and Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. She co-originated the Agile Fluency™ model and co-authored “The Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” along with numerous other articles and blog posts. 

For over 25 years, Diana led the practice area for Agile software development, leading & managing teams, and Agile transitions at FutureWorks Consulting. FutureWorks Consulting partners worked with organizational leaders to create environments where everyone at every level could say, "I love my work...this is the best job ever!" 

Currently, in her spare time, she delivers inspiring conference keynote talks and facilitates productive Open Space Technology events.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Using This Book
    • 1.1 Life Is A Game
    • 1.2 MOVES
    • 1.3 Special Sections
  • 2. The Five Rules
    • 2.1 Why We’re Here
    • 2.2 What We Do
    • 2.3 What’s Next
    • 3.1 Aliveness
    • 3.2 Willem’s Story of Responding to Aliveness
    • 3.3 Diana’s Story of Aliveness in Action
    • 4.1 Fluency
    • 4.2 Diana’s Story of Applying Do It For Real to Workshop planning
    • 5.1 Setting
    • 5.2 Diana’s Story about Setting First
    • 6.1 Signal
    • 6.2 Diana’s Story About Strengthening the Signal
    • 7.1 Focus
    • 7.2 FOCUS Means Design
    • 7.3 Diana’s Story about Staying Focused
  • 8. Pick A Skill And Design The Learning
    • 8.1 When You Are the Learner
    • 8.2 When You Are the Teacher/Mentor
    • 8.3 Start At The Beginning
    • 8.4 Ask the Five Questions
    • 8.5 Use Physical Aids To Structure Learning
  • 9. MOVES
    • 9.1 “LEARNING IS A GAME!”
    • 9.2 KEEP IT ALIVE
    • 9.3 DO IT FOR REAL
    • 9.6 FOCUS ON FLOW
    • 9.7 IMITATE AN EXPERT (also known as COPYCAT)
    • 9.9 DEBRIEF
    • 9.11 FAIL FAST
    • 9.12 DIVERSIFY
    • 9.14 JUST IN TIME
    • 9.16 FULL
  • 10. Conclusion

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