I know that one of the top gripes we have is being asked to do amazing things with too little time and too little resources. Occasionally we're asked to do something that looks and feels insane. It makes us feel exposed to failure and it's a little like going out without your trousers (apparently...)
So what do we do in situations like these? What do we do when we're asked to deliver a great learning solution to a lot of people (say in the thousands) in a short amount of time (say a month)?
Terry Pratchett, using General Tacticus's wisdom says "endeavour to be on the other side" but that doesn't cut it for us.
What I'd like to discuss is stupidly, insanely ultra rapid development. I think it can be done without too many late nights and importantly without too big a drop in quality and efficacy of materials.
Here's my top 3 practical
ideas, I'd like yours:
- Get help.
You're not going to be able to do this alone or even in your learning team (if you're lucky enough to have one). Ask on the forums for creative ideas. Find colleagues who can bounce ideas with you.
- Get experts creating content (also known as getting more help).
You can't do this alone and the chances are you don't have time anyway. You need to focus on bringing the learning expertise, let others write the raw text/diagrams
- Use templates.
This isn't going to be a flash masterpiece. So create some templates that experts can simply drop content into. They tend not to be so good at ordering, chunking and designing practice, so guide them with a template.
- Pre-Record. (Ok - so I said 3 but I'm not so good at keeping to lists...)
For thousands of users, you're not going to be able to do much face to face. So record the experts. Video them talking about key messages. Record them doing screencast demos. Remember, because you're involved you can keep them from straying into boring/irrelevant/too long behaviours.
(Apologies for the long post and any opinions, thoughts and ideas expressed in this post are mine alone and in no way reflect or portray the opinions or policies of my employer.)