A briefing is a short, intense introduction to a particular topic, delivered lecture style (with questions and answers).

Briefings allow many participants to assimilate new ideas and concepts quickly, and can be very cost-effective for medium-sized to larger groups. However, they don’t allow opportunities to practise, explore and deepen knowledge, so they are poorly suited for developing lasting skills and applied knowledge. They are, however, good for getting new ideas “on the radar”.

An example of where we use briefings is at the start of agile adoption programmes: many people in the organization may not know much about what agile software development is or how it works. We use a briefing to reach these people and give them the core knowledge they need to begin considering whether agile processes can work for them.