Embedded Performance Support & Scaling to Successful Implementation

Implementing Embedded Performance Support [EPS] can be as daunting a task as eating an entire elephant. Not sure I’d ever want to eat an elephant, but if I did, it would be one bite at a time versus scarfing down the whole thing. One bite at a time rings true for implementing EPS as well. Keep in mind that EPS is not a technology [though technology may well be part of the effort]; EPS is a discipline. (more…)

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Embedded Performer Support [EPS] Implies Intentional Design

Embedded Performer Support [EPS] is a discipline that has implication to any instructional design model you choose to use. Some training purist are fans of the tradition ADDIE model while other use SAM and numerous permutations that, for the most part, mimic what’s at the core of ADDIE since its inception. My point is that it’s not the tool; it’s how we apply it that matters most. Regardless of ISD methodology we will see considerably more iteration, concurrent development, and rapid development prototyping. This post is not intended to change…

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Using Bass Ackward Design for Performer Support

Can I safely say we agree that task-level execution and business results do not happen during training? That seems a reasonable statement to me. We can certainly simulate task execution during training, but the simulated environment is structured and controlled and no harm is done when a learner screws up. Even when done well enough to pass the training, no business results are generated. However, when the learner graduates from training and simulations and becomes a performer there is no safety net, and flawless execution within the workflow has real…

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Embedded Performer Support – A New Discipline

We were eating lunch on a Wednesday when the elevator music was disrupted with an urgent announcement, “This is a code yellow alert! – Repeat – This is a code yellow alert!” My colleagues and I snatched for the laminated cards that hung around our necks and determined that a “code yellow” meant there was a hazardous materials spill in the building and we were to evacuate immediately. We did. No one was injured. We had the perfect EPS application available to us at the right time. (more…)

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Selling Performance Support In-House

As is often the case, a previous blog triggers a great question that shines the light on something I either missed or have not yet spent any time developing. Several folks I’ve recently talked with have expressed concerns and asked for ideas on how to get their leadership off the dime about considering performance support as a strategic issue for the organization. My gut reaction is this – performance support (PS) is too closely tied to training. (more…)

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Myths, Monsters & Performer Support

The recent post of ”Assembling the Performance Support Strategy Puzzle” has attracted a lot of hits already, and there was one comment in particular that resonated with me…actually the question posed picked a scab from a previous life. When introducing Performance Support (PS) into an organization, I think it is important to recognize there are at least two points of view with which you will have to contend. Those that have not a clue why they should give a rip about PS, and those that fear the implications of embracing…

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Designing a Learning & Performance Portal

I love walking trails in the woods; some are favorites, while others may be new and different. Whenever walking down a new path many things appear that are familiar, remembered and experienced from other paths taken. When new things are discovered, they often can pull me from the path to seek a closer look and a deeper discovery. Being pulled from the path may not be planned, but there is no doubt that diversions such as these will occur. Such a journey, with similar detours from known to unknown, can…

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Training’s Futile Search for Evidence of Impact

It seems like we are always looking for something to improve training outcomes, a noble and well-intended search. In the many years I have been in this profession I confess to being part of that search. I must also confess to seeing shifts in tactics to e-learning and new whiz-bang technology that speed the process of training – and at the same time, perpetuate the search. So we search. And we search some more, and we always seem to look under the same rock – improving the transfer of knowledge.…

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Work Context: The New Classroom

After 22 years in the telecom industry, all but four of them with AT&T and Sprint, I had a very humbling experience. Fifteen of those years were spent living out of a suitcase as a roving sales trainer and then as a manager. My “humbling” may more accurately be described as an epiphany. It was shocking to me because I had convinced myself – after more frequent flyer miles and Marriott points than a human could use – that I had the sales training gig figured out. And I did.…

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Harvesting Learning’s Fruit: A Downstream Training Investment

Nothing beats rave reviews in level one verbatim comments and nothing better than everyone scoring perfection on level two assessments; therein lay the most common criteria for measuring the effectiveness of our training efforts. Unfortunately, the real value of our efforts - confirmation of sustainable performance - is manifest downstream from where we earn our accolades. As such, our greatest opportunity to prove our worth to the organization is found outside of our formal training focus. Without addressing downstream performance, we are limited to crowing about training activity - about…

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