This is the final post of my 3-part series on how to estimate the time to complete training development projects. (See Part 1 and Part 2) Costing Early in my career, I worked as a software quality assurance engineer. This was back in the days of manual testing, before Agile and Lean, when department managers [...]

Where am I?

And just where have I been?  Not blogging, that’s for sure. My blogging backlog is big.  Sorry about that. Part 3 of the series on how to estimate training development time is almost done.  I want to include a walk-thru of a fabulous tool I’ve been using since starting my business.  And it’s going to [...]

Taking the long view

When the snow is falling heavy, and you’re armed with only shovels and a battery-powered snow blower, you have to keep up with the accumulation on the ground. I spend the daylight hours shoveling and the evening hours working. It makes for long days and sore muscles, but I get satisfaction from doing things the right [...]

What a game!  As a New Englander, I didn’t want to pass on this opportunity to tackle a Superbowl-themed post and see if I could touch down on some relevant lessons. Practice Over the years, I’ve watched the Patriots pull of come-from-behind wins many times.  While I was feeling a little down at the half, [...]

This is the second in a series of posts on how to estimate the time needed to complete training projects.  In my last post, I talked about how to use past development projects to create future estimates. But what if you don’t have any data from your past projects, or conditions are different, or you want to know if [...]

Good planning = happy clients, happy team, happy you Whether you develop training or manage those who do, you need to be able to come up with reasonably accurate estimates of how long it will take to complete a project. In this and the next few articles, I will discuss three methods you can use [...]

It sure doesn’t feel like December has 31 days.  There are the happy distractions of the holidays.  The stress, exhaustion, and illnesses of the season.  Then, everything shuts down the last week of the year.  And before you know it, December is done! So, to help you make the most of this month, here are my [...]