In this edition of the CAD Manager’s Newsletter, I’ll give you a quick series of recommendations to help you create the best training program you can, using the least amount of time possible, so you can achieve the greatest return on your training investment. Here goes.
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Solve Problems and Speed Up!
First, realize that due to the minimum of time that most upper management will devote to training, you’ll have to prioritize training topics and only spend time on the topics that really matter. You can’t train everyone on everything without investing a lot of time, right? So, how do you prioritize your training topics? Consider these metrics:
Does the training topic address a current problem?
Will the training topic give users methods to achieve greater speed?
Will the training amplify and enhance standards?
If you find a training topic that meets at least two of these criteria, then you know it is a valid training topic. Why? Because you’ll either eliminate a problem or speed production as you enhance standards compliance.
Notice how my criteria didn’t include items like “cool new features” or “what does the latest release of a new CAD program look like” or anything else nonspecific. My goals are to make users faster using the standards and tools we already have.
Examples and Course Guides
So, what’s the quickest, easiest way to get examples and course guides constructed for your training class? Here’s what I do:
Conceive an exercise. This is an exercise I’ll use during training, so it needs to be simple enough to understand, yet demonstrate the concepts clearly. Save before and after cases of your models, parts, or drawings so you can easily demonstrate each step. And, consider rehearsing your exercise using video recordings to achieve optimal sequencing of steps.
Make screen captures of all menus and pertinent steps. I simply run through the exercise like I’m rehearsing for training and take screen captures (I use Snagit), which I then paste into a Word document to create a training “cheat sheet” for attendees.
Put in instructions. Now, I simply add the basic instructions required to work through the exercise beside my screen captures to complete my course guide — often reviewing my practice recordings to capture key phrases that I use.
Check it. I then go back through the exercise using my cheat sheet to check that everything flows correctly. When I’m done checking, I then give my course guide to a trusted power user for a “sanity and spell” check just to make sure it makes sense. Note: Nothing is worse than giving training and realizing you left something out of the course guide!
Once you're organized, how should you approach delivering your training? And, find out how to keep the trainings available long term. Read More >>
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Training is an essential task on every CAD manager's to-do list. But with all those little details to remember, preparing a clear, informative training session can ve overwhelming. Use this handy checklist from CAD management expert Robert Green to help you be successful.