T&D: In Praise Of Planned Iterations in ISD Development

No One Likes Surprises

I’ve never had a client who was OK with the unknowns of schedule and costs.

So I planned and priced iterations that made sense.

There Are Lessons and There Are Lessons From Hades

In Development, the Developers were allowed 3 iterations of Content – unless they were assigned the Lessons from Hades and then they’d be given 5.

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First is the Alpha Version

Alpha testing might be testing things out yourself – or asking a colleague to review and test your content out. This is fairly informal.

When I train others in my PACT Processes we put it on them to get this done. It’s part and parcel of Developing your first draft – so to speak. That first draft is the Alpha draft or version.

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Second is the Beta Version

Beta testing is a little more formal. You might go back to your SMEs or Master Performers  and others in their network to have them review or test it out.

When I train others in my PACT Processes we put it on them to get this done. It’s part and parcel of Developing your second draft – so to speak. That second draft is the Beta draft or version.

And while we are at it…

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Third is the Pilot Version

That third draft is the Pilot Test draft or version. Unless the Lesson assigned to the Developer is fondly known and was tagged (during the Design effort) as a Lesson From Hades. They exist in performance-based T&D that’s not targeting Low Stakes Performance.

T&D targeting High Stakes Performance often have one or more Lessons From Hades in my experience. And I usually plan for – and allow time for – 5 drafts – the final being the Pilot-Test Version.

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In any event the final materials are produced for the next Phase in my methods: Pilot-Test.

There we will conduct a full-destructive test of everything – to identify the “bugs” for the final phase of Revision & Release – before general availability.

lean-ISD (1999)

Available as a free PDF – and is available as a Kindle and Paperback.

Click on image to link to the download page.

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Note: the cover design for “lean-ISD” was created by the late Geary A. Rummler.

Note: Guy W. Wallace’s book “lean-ISD” – was a recipient of a 2002 Award of Excellence for Instructional Communication from the International Society for Performance Improvement.

lean-ISD is also available as a $15 paperback book – and $7.50 as a Kindle – for more information and/or to order – please go – here.

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One comment on “T&D: In Praise Of Planned Iterations in ISD Development

  1. Pingback: T&D: ISD Analysis Beyond the Observable Behaviors Throughout the Effort | EPPIC - Pursuing Performance

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