One of my favorite quips is
“There are 10 types of people in the world; Those who understand binary and those who don’t.”
When I first started at my current company - it was not long before I was asked to help lead some redesign efforts for our service school curriculum. I had went through those courses as a part of my onboarding. As a former high school teacher with experience writing curriculum - my input on what was currently being taught was now being called upon to make the courses better.
As we got our teams together - one of the first questions I asked is “What is the point of this training?” “What does the learner need to know by the time the course is over?”
Once we identified all the things that the learner NEEDED to know - we were able to start pruning. That can be hard for some folks but if you put something in the “Well, that would be nice know, bucket” - I am going to probably end up dumping it if it doesn’t help meet the end goal.
In many cases, just like plants, curriculum needs pruning too. It needs review and we need to re-assess the end game. As product lines change, as technology improves, or as policies are updated, we may find that we need to selectively target some content for pruning.
For me - it is asking the team what learners need to know vs what is simply nice to know. Perhaps years ago they needed to know something but not anymore. Proper pruning leads to healthy growing learning programs that meet the needs of the learner and helps the organization accomplish the mission.
So - is it time to cut the lesson on binary out of your training program yet?
How do you decide and how often do you review existing programs? Please share in the comments.