Archive for August, 2013

Our most recent posts have discussed two of our three pillars in our plan to overcome obstacles and assure success.  These three pillars (or strategies); simple, standardized, and shared, offer guidance when developing and initiating do-it-yourself (DIY) training programs at your organization.  As a training organization, we have given in-depth thought to these strategies… now is the time we begin sharing them.

Our Bricks training community serves as a collaborative community with a cooperative spirit.  Without collaboration, ideas, strategies, standards and guidelines plateau and are unable to improve or become more efficient.  Collaboration and cooperation are such vital components in assuring success in training initiatives that we knew our plan to overcome obstacles must include the pillar, shared.

Of course there has to be some sort of filter for sharing, and protecting each other’s ideas and proprietary properties.  Mastery Bricks offers two trusted sources to aide in protecting these concerns; YouTube, and our own organization, Mastery Technologies.  YouTube is the trusted source for only allowing members of our community to share, collaborate and connect to each other.  Mastery Technologies serves as the curator for protecting the community and ensuring content meets the community’s standards. 

Mastery is making the commitment to share all that we can (that is not proprietary) of practices within our organization.  We use our internal functions and employees to share their personal best practices for daily tasks and operations.  The power of collaborating within our Bricks community will ignite discussion and spark innovation for a variety of workplaces and industries.  Are you ready to share in our collaborative community?

In our last post we discussed one of our three pillars in our plan to overcome obstacles and assure success.  This plan is based on three pillars (or strategies); simple, standardized, and shared.  When discussing the simple pillar, we decided that in order to achieve simplicity in DIY training initiatives it requires that we create a fine-tuned result statement, are able to break a broad task into smaller steps, and to let the video speak first and audio second.

Today’s post focuses on our second pillar; standardized.  Giving a lot of thought to standards is essential to promote consensus and commitment within a community, in order to facilitate and enable the practices of sharing and reusing.  In giving thought to these standards, we believe there are three elements that every training initiative must encompass:

1.  Title; that communicates the expected result

  • What is the exact result this brick will create?

2.  Media; video (.mp4)

  • Every training presentation should be output or converted as video (.mp4) file

3.  Length; roughly 1-4 minutes long

  • Once we enter the three-plus minutes range, we should re-assess and see if this result can be broken down into two (or more) useable pieces which produce a different outcome

It is also important to be flexible during any process.  For instance; think of a DIY training project as a collection of bricks.  When constructing something such as a fire pit or walkway, modifications occur during the course of the project.  When disruptions or variations cause us to adjust the plan, it is not the brick we are going to change, it is what and how we are going to assemble the bricks to still reach the desired result (such as the fire pit or walkway).   This holds true to different training courses within an organization.

The best practices that we find create standards.  Strive to adhere to the standards first, why make a process more difficult than it needs to be?  The enemy is complexity.  When we create simplicity by agreeing to standards, we enable the practice of reusing and sharing – which is our last pillar in assuring success for DIY training programs.

Do you have a daunting task that you feel could be standardized, maybe even broken into multiple tasks?