Archive for July, 2013

In our last post we discussed potential challenges to making bricks; challenges mainly consist of issues regarding lack of time, lack of resources, adopting do-it-yourself (DIY) training initiatives and the sharing of training programs (both internally and externally).  Though these challenges may arise, we have developed strategies to overcome obstacles and assure success.  These strategies are based on three pillars; simple, standardized, and shared.

This post is focused on one of these three pillars, simple.  To make it simple, we;

  • Fine-tune the result statement
  • Break a broad task into smaller steps
  • Let our video speak first and audio second

A fine-tuned result statement keeps us focused and efficient.  When a training program is focused on being simple it is easier to break into smaller steps and becomes more manageable.  Letting your video speak first, makes it easier to think visually and say less.

To assure success in developing and initiating training programs, it must be simple.  In our next post we will discuss our second pillar to our strategy; standardized.

Why do you think simplicity is difficult to achieve when launching DIY training initiatives?

Starting a Do-it-yourself (DIY) project can be daunting for almost anyone, especially if we feel it places our reputation and career at risk. Our core concept for the Bricks DIY training community is to help ease problems and concerns that arise when developing training programs.  Some common reluctant feelings we thought of toward DIY initiatives are; fear and jealousy for the initiator’s own job stability, uncomfortable feeling of taking risks, and questioning own wisdom; am I training my replacement?

To address these areas there are obstacles to overcome:

  • DIY training adoption
    In order to adopt DIY training practices, we must address the lack of resources; including the lack of personnel, tools, skills, and time.  When any of these resources are absent, the process of development and roll-out of product becomes very difficult.  By adopting DIY training initiatives, we are able to break through this dilemma.
  • Sharing
    Overcoming concerns and feelings such as fear and jealousy for their own career, and risk of failure, will allow us to multiply the results of individual and organization’s efforts by standardizing our work.   By standardizing training programs, we can share those results with the Bricks community when appropriate (we will work as a community to ensure that information remains within the owner’s control).

What fears do you have, or find, in the development of training and/or DIY initiatives?

In our next post we will discuss our strategy in making Bricks designed to address all the above issues and concerns.  This strategy is based on three pillars:

  1.  Simple
  2. Standardized
  3. Shared