My conversation with Shay Howe of Groupon at 1871 Chicago during TechWeek 2012
For the past almost a year now, I have been working closely with a really great company Entirenet on some really cool projects. Entirenet is an experienced organization in L & D and has some very talented team members. One of the big projects we have been working on is a series of safety videos for the Washington Wine Industry. It has been a fun project. I am looking forward to sharing this project with you all when it is complete.
One of the conversations I have been having with Entirenet’s leadership team is about all the great things happening in learning and development today. As part of those discusions we have talked about our mutual belief in community and sharing our expertise. They really like the interviews that I do with industry thought leaders and asked if I could produce a series for their blog readers and community. I of course was flattered and jumped at the change to collaborate with them on another project.
Paolo Tosolini @ DevLearn 2009
As I was thinking about who I was going to interview and what I would talk to them about it occurred to me that there is an opportunity to put some thing really special together. Because my interviews in the past have been intentionally spontaneous and unplanned. This particular interview series offered something a little bit different. I could be a little bit more strategic about my line of questions and choices in interviews. This type of approach would result in a more comprehensive outcome. What that means to me is that with a little planning this interview series could offer a relevant snapshot of the landscape of learning and development today. We will take a look at important topics, issues and opportunities happening in our industry. My goal is that by watching this series of interviews one could potentially leverage the combined expertise and insights of today’s thought leaders to build key strategies and roadmaps for an organization.
The 1st interview in this series Is with well known author, speaker and media expert Jonathan Halls. I caught up with Jonathan in Washington DC during ASTD ICE. We talked about the state of L & D today and how it has been changing in this post industrial age.
For the next series of interviews we will be taking a look at the next iteration of SCORM now called Experience API. I believe that experience API is a game changer for our industry. There is tremendous opportunity here and it is important that as a community we help shape this and take full advantage of what this new way of tracking learning has to offer.
Please join me and follow this series of interviews on the Entirenet blog. Click the link below.
UPDATE: Here is the second interview!
If you follow my blog you know that I’ve done a lot of vblogging or interviews on my iPhone. It has a great quality video and I have a nice Fostex add-on for capturing good quality audio you can read more about that in the blog I did here My Road Kit for Rapid Video. One of the things I talked about in some of my blogging and in sessions that I do at conferences is using a tripod. People don’t have much tolerance for shaky cameras you see a lot of it out there but it really brings down the quality of your video. We are pretty tolerant these days because of YouTube and not expecting broadcast quality video even for professional use. You need to have good quality audio and a decent image. I put a lot of emphasis on framing my subject correctly. I definitely considered that it might be viewed via a mobile device so I frame accordingly. But one thing that really bothers people is a shaky image tripods can fix this but even better especially if you need to kind of run and gun. You will need something that stabilizes your image my new Canon XA10 has image stabilization built-in and it works pretty good. I was pretty jazzed about this image stabilizer below. And think it is a pretty good solution. It doesn’t take much to stabilize a camera it’s really just to counterbalance. But there are a lot out there and some are extremely expensive this seems like a good value and a pretty good solution. Even though there demonstrating this with action it would work well for covering events or doing interviews and such.
LUUV Camera Stabilizer for GoPro and Smartphones :: Gadgetify.com.
I have blogged about many other iPhone camera accessories. I love my Fostex audio attachment. I use it all the time for interviews. The iPhone has a great camera so it is only natural that people want to find cool gadgets to enhance it. I stumbled on this Night Vision kit. Not sure how I would use it but I am trying to come up with something.
I really had a lot of fun doing this interview with Lisa Goldstein for her blog ldglobalevents.com. Lisa is sharp and I have enjoyed getting to know her at several of the Guild conferences. Lisa really knows L&D.
I thought her questions where great and brought out some good stories from me. I have been following her blog for some time now and am honored to have been asked to be interviewed.
Here is a picture I snapped at the Learn Chat table last year at DevLearn.
For some time now I have been of the opinion that ADDIE needs to be broken in order to work properly in most organizations. I have been part of many water cooler conversations on this subject. We create written documents, host team meetings talking about our ADDIE process and believe we are following it. The reality is we are often frustrated about how projects just are not going the way they should be. In the end our training falls short. We have rapid deadlines and company dynamics such as how other parts of our organizations work to consider. So in order to get things accomplished we have to bend or sometimes break our processes. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that the speed of business is more rapid today. Companies change direction on a dime, launch products continually and time to market is compacted on order to stay competitive. The bottom line is businesses just do not function they way they did in the past. So why to we approach our training projects using the same linear process that we used 20 or 30 years ago? We are just not in-sync with our partners, SMEs and stakeholders.
We should also look at how much the technologies that we create and deliver training have changed. We use rapid development tools so we can crank out learning like a fast food restaurant. Would you like fries with that eLearning? We also have so many more options for delivering training that we did not have before. Lets face it how we train people is really different now. I know there are arguments over whether or not our training is any better today. I believe we are still figuring out how to properly leverage these new tools and technologies. There are some big opportunities here in my opinion but that is another conversation.
If you look at how the software development community has changed their process and workflows so that they might meet the demands of today’s business we may get an idea of how we could improve what we do. Most developers today follow and iterative process called Agile. It allows for a better workflow enabling a project to evolve and improve as needed all they way to launch and even post launch. This model has been a very successful approach for the high paced software development environment. I think it is time to look at how we can borrow from this.
Several years ago Allen Interactions left the ADDIE process behind for a more iterative process so that they could better server their customers and improve their workflows. It must be working for them because they continually produce award-winning learning for their clients.
I caught up with Michael at DevLearn 2012 to talk about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM.
Michael Allen CEO at Allen Interactions Inc.
Here is a great article by Richard Sites, vice president – client services for Allen Interactions titled It’s an ICE Time to Leave ADDIE Behind
Be sure and pickup a copy of Michaels book at ASTD.org
I have captured several great conversations on video following the progress of Project Tin Can. These conversations are with people that are involved with this important project in various capacities. This next iteration of SCORM is reshaping the future of how we look at learning. I have created the following play list on YouTube. The first video titled “The Tin Can API – SCORM could do more” created by Rustici Software then I move on to my interviews. Watching this entire play list would be great way to get familiar with the project.
I am planning on conducting a few more interviews at the end of the month at DevLearn in Las Vagas.
With tool makers like Lectora and Articulate on-board with #tincanapi it is time to start paying attention. Everyday I hear of another company that is jumping in. Is your organization ready? It’s a game changer. Companies need to start looking at building a learning technology road-map so they don’t get left in the dust. We now have new ways of understanding how and what people are learning. You can look at real data for learning outside an LMS. But don’t take my word for it – join the conversation.
A good place to start is my conversations with Aaron Silvers of ADL and Tim Martin of Rustici at LSCon 2012. Then follow my interviews with Ali and Russell of SaltBox. Saltbox jumped on board early with Project Tin Can. Russell has been an active contributor in refining Tin Can. Saltbox has created some technology to record statements from the Tin Can API called an LRS or Learning Record Store. Saltbox has developed Wax LRS, a Learning Record Store with analytics using the Tin Can API.. Project Tin Can really made a big show at mLearnCon 2012 by creating a special area dedicated to Project Tin Can called Tin Can Alley. Several companies showed support and jumped on board. Companies like Float Mobile Leaning with their release of Tappestry, a social learning app that is first to hit the market place leveraging Tin Can. Tin Can created quite a buzz. One of the things I like about the eLearning Guild is they really showcase current trends and technologies. They have their eye on the ball as they say.
Last week I conducted a few follow up interviews with my friends at Saltbox. Saltbox is located downtown Seattle and is part of SURF Incubator and collaborative work space for startu-ups. Check out my conversations with @alishahrazad & @fugu13 of @saltboxservices about what is going on with the next iteration of SCORM.
My interview with Russell Duhon CTO Saltbox Services
My Interview with Ali Shahrazad Co-Founder Saltbox Services
This October at DevLearn 2012 I am sitting down with Dr. Michael Allen. I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM. Are you following the conversations about this?
I believe this is an important step in bringing our processes of designing training up to the challenge of today’s complex business environment. These are exciting times in our industry. We have some huge opportunities in front of us!
Here is an older interview with Dr. Allen. What a great conversation with a great guy.
We are getting closer to the October 5th ASTD Puget Sound 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo. I sat down to chat with Sam Herring CEO of Intrepid Learning Solutions to talk about the conference and being part of ASTD. Sam is speaking at the conference on innovation.
Stay tuned, more interviews coming soon!
One of the things that I enjoy most is conversations. One of the other things I enjoy is video production. I have joined these to things together by conducting interviews with thought leaders mostly in Learning and Development. I have posted many of them on my Youtube channel.
Here is one from the archives with my friend RJ Jacquez Former Adobe Evangelist. Conducted a few years back.