I am blogging from the CESSE Conference in Salt Lake City. The Council of Engineering & Scientific Society Executives hosts this annual event utilizing a completely volunteer group of association executives. It's very amazing.
Tomorrow we will be talking about developing an eLearning strategy. This topic has really morphed over the last five years. In the past few weeks leading up to this conference I have been focused on creating an analogy between strategy development and building a house. While I'm not going that the home building process now, I can say that there are a lot of similarities. Here is a short list of some of those. You need to
- Clearly identify the "team" you will be working with.
- Clearly define the kind of house you want and make sure you identify all of its uses early on.
- Make sure that all of the people living in or using the house have some input into their needs.
- Be realistic about your budget and be sure to plan for a 10-15% overage in budget.
- Know that the project will always take longer than you initially estimate. Be patient.
- Create a blueprint for your house and have the house built to the blueprint.
- Know that you can always make changes to the plan. The changes just need to be well justified.
More on the details of the strategy process soon!