Ready. Set. Launch!
Get off to a fast start with our Learning Project Ignition.
The larger and more complex a project is, the more important it is to get off to a solid start based on shared goals & expectations. We do that by getting everyone in the room and following a fast-paced, structured agenda adapted from Agile software development techniques. (Agile is based on iterative development cycles, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration among team members.)
In an ideal world, “everyone in the room ” includes the project sponsor, key stakeholders, subject matter experts (SMEs), and people currently in the role for which the curriculum is being developed. One or more of the SMEs may continue on with the project as the lead SMEs for developing course content. The rest of the group will often become our guides throughout the course development process, and we’ll check in with them for reviews at specified points in the project. Of course, we don’t live in an ideal world, so the Learning Project Ignition results are documented and shared with those who aren’t able to attend. (If geography is the problem, we can also conduct a Learning Project Ignition using web-based virtual conferencing.)
So how do we do it? We tackle several related courses at once, so we can create shared definitions of the learner population and the scope boundaries among courses. Working in short bursts as a whole group, in pairs, and individually, we start by clarifying desired results and end the session with course objectives, content sources, and a rough content outline for each of the courses. Depending on the project, it takes between 2 hours and a whole day to complete the process. The end result can save weeks of work by sticking to the right objectives with the right target in mind.
Each Learning Project Ignition is unique.
We’ll work with you to create an agenda that may include:
- Isolate the business problem (RUP style)
- Describe what success looks like
- Construct learner profiles
- Generate performance objectives
- Create learner practice activities
- Identify knowledge needs & gaps
- Pinpoint sources of content and expertise
- Acknowledge project risks & define mitigation strategies