The four horsepeople of learning tech?

Who asks you to solve a problem defines the problem as much as the real challenge itself. This phenomenon dogs so many learning technology efforts. The framing of objectives and success by a combination of IT (and its ‘People Systems’ cousin), Finance, Procurement and PMO departments can squeeze the life out of what might be… Continue reading The four horsepeople of learning tech?

Pushing or pulling? (or share of compliance)

Much of my time has been spent in recent months considering useful metrics for learning products and services. What are the handful of measures that tell us how our team/business/department is doing and help us decide what to do next? A fair share of the debate about metrics in L&D focuses on learning metrics and… Continue reading Pushing or pulling? (or share of compliance)

Pragmatism and data – the way forward

Roy and I held this event on the basis that best practice is all well and good, but it is rare. Very rare. Further, best practice is helpful for inspiration and guidance, yet we learn the most from the hard times – those projects and initiatives where the wheels wobble and sometimes come off altogether.… Continue reading Pragmatism and data – the way forward

Managing products for learning: stories from the coalface

On Thursday 10th March at 11am (UK) we are hosting a conversation about the messy and complicated reality of managing products for learning. In the recognition that genuine Best Practice is hard to come by, we will be sharing lessons learned from the challenges and barriers confronted in the real world of the work place.… Continue reading Managing products for learning: stories from the coalface

Get the basics right first

This article about the US free COVID test website not falling over stirred memories of my time as a product owner of an LMS. It tells of a simple need shared by a large proportion of potential users. It tells of very low expectations amongst that population. History has told them it is highly likely… Continue reading Get the basics right first

Data analytics for learning – beyond learning data

On Wednesday 24th November at 11.00 am (UK) we’re hosting the latest in a series of open invitation conversations around themes of product management for learning and digital learning services. This time we are exploring data analytics. So often the Cinderella of learning, is it time for data analysis to join the party properly and… Continue reading Data analytics for learning – beyond learning data

Another conversation about product management for learning

On Thursday the 8th of July, we hosted a second conversation about product management for learning. Our previous event (summarised here) focused on what we mean by product management and why it is vital for success in the learning world. This time we delved a little further into the characteristics and capabilities of the role… Continue reading Another conversation about product management for learning

Skills and capabilities for learning product management: A conversation

The event On Thursday 8th July we’ll be hosting a conversation on the skills and capabilities needed to develop and run digital products for learning. This follows a previous event, during which we discussed broader themes of product management for learning and why it’s time to bring these approaches into our practice. How to organise,… Continue reading Skills and capabilities for learning product management: A conversation

Who should run your digital learning organisation?

The question in the title is worded poorly, I admit. It ought to read: “Who should run your learning organisation?”. The need, and I do believe there still is one, to use the digital qualifier ought to be redundant by now. I do not believe it is, though. Digital is still seen as something to… Continue reading Who should run your digital learning organisation?

That product management conversation

When we decided to host a conversation about product management in learning, we were unsure whether people would join us and if we would have much to say to each other. So, it was gratifying to be joined by a smart, curious, experienced and voluble group last week. It was a busy chat and my… Continue reading That product management conversation