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February 2018
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Five Signs a Learning Program Needs to Go

When you evaluate your training portfolio, look for these signs of a training program that has outlived its usefulness.

1

Business operations have changed substantially, but the programs that support them haven't.
You likely need additional content to support the change in operations.

2

The program encourages memorization.
If the stakes are high for execution, consider replacing your content with performance support tools and job aids.

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3

Cost per learner is extremely high compared to your portfolio.
Consider the resources needed each year to run the course, as well as the total learners enrolled.

4

Total learners enrolled is extremely low compared to your portfolio.
If learners aren't using the material, use evaluation data to create a hypothesis about why. Then test that hypothesis.

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5

The training is the pet project of a former leader.
The leader's advocates may continue supporting it even after it stops fulfilling a specific business need.

JG
About the Author
Jenny Graham is founding partner of Zelus Consulting Group.
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