L&D: Tuesday L&D Processes Audit 19: T&D Purchased Product Acquisition Process

T&D Process 6.3: T&D Purchased Product Acquisition Process

Note: In my 2001 book I continued my decades old name for the profession as T&D – Training & Development.

Convert for your use as necessary. I will use both T&D and L&D in this weekly series for 2018.


Not all loose processes need to be tightened up.

You should only do that Investment if the Returns warrant.


Learning By Design vs Learning By Chance

When the Cost of Non-Conformance of poor Process/people Performance warrants the Investment in T&D/ Learning/Knowledge Management Content – then make those investments.

And – just because an L&D profession can determine a valid Learning Need and gap in Content – does not in and of itself warrant meeting that need – in any manner.

It’s a Business Decision. 


The L-C-S Framework View

I use both views…


Overview of the Big Picture


T&D Process 6.3: T&D Purchased Product Acquisition Process

Process Purpose

The T&D Purchased Product Acquisition Process is a formal process to buy T&D for use as is or for modification prior to use or deployment.


Process Description

The T&D Purchased Product Acquisition Process is similar to the last process, where T&D built its T&D products.

This process also uses the ADDIE model, but only as a starting point. The major difference in the T&D Purchased Product Acquisition Process is that in ADDIE’s step three, development, the T&D is bought instead of built. Buying is cheaper, but may get you generic content, missing the “how to apply this in my job setting” spin.

Therefore, to make decisions rapidly and correctly, your ADDIE-type process needs to be designed to accommodate a build or buy development approach.

The next process is where any modifications that need to be made to the purchased T&D happen. If the target audiences’ needs specifications cannot be met exactly with the purchased product, then modifications may be needed, if legally doable. Sometimes all you can do is buy a T&D product and augment it with other T&D versus modify it.

It all depends on what you bought and the terms and conditions of that sale. Do the “legal thing,” please.

For More About This Process In the T&D Systems View

See my 2001 book: T&D Systems View.


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