Are you over the building analogy yet? Have you heard it applied across most industries – from politics to widget design? It usually starts with, “First we need to lay a solid ‘foundation’, we then need the structure, yada yada yada…” So apologies up front, but why it’s overused is it’s so relatable, including for eLearning project management. When you find the right ‘builder’, it will pay huge dividends in your eLearning endeavours. This blog post explores this more and at the end, I’ve listed some very practical tips for finding the right eLearning vendor as your builder (skip to the The List now if you’re interested, but don’t have the time).
Let’s start with some news, we’re about to engage a new full time production manager at The Learning Hook, which is very exciting for our business of course, and it’s what raised for me a lot of dialogue and analysis of production management/project management and the absolute value it brings to our clients – whether they see it directly or not.
Ok, here it comes… So just like building a house, if you’re not a builder (i.e. project manager in the building trade) yourself, it can become an absolute nightmare if you try to run the whole project yourself, how do you manage the trades people? How do you assess the skills of the multimedia developers, graphic designers and instructional designers? How do you assess their progress, hours and craftsmanship? How do you manage their contracts, audio video etc?
A good builder already has all the team and production partners in place, ready to go and manages this for you. You can have meaningful conversations about every aspect of the project without ever having to deal direct with the trades people on their team. This is hugely beneficial in that you get continuity throughout and answers that take into account the effects that all trades have on each other’s work and the outcomes you want to achieve. The efficiencies in workflow, timelines, costs to scope and increase in quality can make a significant impact for you, make you look good and most importantly, get the training out there to start impacting performance.
So getting the right builder is key – enough said.