I’ve been a member of ATD (Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD) for many years and have benefited by the many articles that appear in the association’s monthly magazine TD (Talent Development). In the November 2015 edition there is a short article that addresses the five questions that every learning program should answer.
So, whether your launching a project management learning program, or one on how to change a flat tire, you’d better have the answer to these questions in order to ensure you’re going to reap the benefits of the program.
1. Given time constraints, how can we ensure that the time people spend in the program is worthwhile and fits in with their daily workloads and priorities?
2. How will the learning program make people’s lives easier?
3. How will the organization benefit from spending the money that is required to implement the learning program?
4. How will the program help and retain talent?
5. Why and how will senior leaders and managers be involved?
They sound simple enough don’t they? But, making sure you have the answers to these, and other questions, requires a great deal of thinking, planning, and getting buy-in among the key stakeholders in the organization to make it all worthwhile.