5 Signs Your Training and Development Project is Succeeding

Once a project is planned and kicked off, the role of the project manager is more than simply nudging team members—digitally, of course—to complete their projects on time. The project manager must find ways to encourage and engage team members to add quality and effort that may not have been laid out in the plan. […]

How to Develop Your Training Project Timeline

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Training development projects are filled with potential challenges and roadblocks. Even a simple project involving a small update to an existing course can involve multiple stakeholders and a complex approval process. Sticking to deadlines and budgets can be difficult, but establishing a realistic and effective project timeline goes a long way towards successfully completing your […]

6 Benefits of Conducting Training Project Retrospectives

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If you’ve ever been part of a training project that has gone slightly awry, missed a deadline, or gone over budget, you know how frustrating it can be to watch the same issues rear their heads in subsequent projects. So, how can you and your training team learn from past mistakes and make improvements going […]

Ask the Experts: Project Management for Instructional Design

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We’ve all participated in projects in our professional careers—sometimes as team members, other times as leaders. We’re probably also quite accustomed to the various project management technology platforms available—even the mobile app versions, so we can manage our deadlines on the go. However, is project management for instructional design any different? Are different processes or […]

8 Essential Questions to Ask During Training Project Kick-Off

If your training project kick-off meetings often end in confusion and crossed wires, it’s time to switch things up. Your kick-off session is the most important meeting in the project. So, if you’re finding yourself sending countless follow-up emails to clarify certain points or if foreseeable issues are cropping up halfway through the project, chances […]

How to Conduct the Perfect Training Project Kick-Off Meeting

Whether you’ve volunteered or went out of your way to sign up to do so, leading a training project kick-off meeting can be quite daunting. This could be for several reasons: It’s your first time leading a team. It’s your first time leading a large-sized team. The subject matter expert (SME) involved is “famous” within […]

4 Ways You’re Managing Training Projects Wrong

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L&D teams work hard to deliver training that inspires and engages learners while delivering performance-driving organizational impact. So it can be frustrating when you’re managing training projects and continually finding it stressful and challenging. Some of those frustrations include missing deadlines, struggling to work efficiently with stakeholders, dealing with moving goalposts when it comes to […]

What is Rough Cut Capacity Planning?

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Capacity planning is the process of weighing supply (availability and skillsets of project contributors) against demand (how many projects you plan to undertake in a given timeframe).  Capacity planning is a higher level task that assesses demand and helps you understand how much work your team should be taking on over a given time period. […]

Importance of Subject Matter Experts: The Pros and Cons of Working with SMEs

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It’s often seen as a burden on training professionals and instructional designers, but the importance of subject matter experts and working with them cannot be understated. But take heart – it’s not all bad! There are plenty of pros to working with subject matter experts, both for the SMEs themselves and for the training team. […]

5 Training Project Management Tips for More Effective Course Creation

The lifeblood of course creation is the team that builds it. Without proper and effective collaboration and project management in place, the course will not be developed effectively, leading to learner disappointment and lower ROI. Teams certainly need to harness the right project management tools and software in order to track assignments and ensure that […]