I've been debating whether to take a long-term hiatus from the blog. For various reasons:
- Time - I've got some big projects, both personal and professional on deck from now until April 2010
- The feeling I don't really have anything new to add to the space that I haven't already said before. Maybe I'm afraid that I am doing the same thing over and over and haven't found the energy to get out of the rut.
- General social media burnout. Which may be related to the concern stated above.
- Work issues that are not appropriately discussed here. Don't worry - I still like my job most of the time and my employers still seem to like me. Just a hiccup that doesn't illustrate anything productive and has not resolved itself into a tidy lesson yet. So far, the only lesson I've gleaned from the experience is that I'm glad I'm not management.....
I seem to go through this funk after conferences. This time seemed worse than usual. Not entirely sure why.
After fitfully sleeping on it, I realized that I haven't really documented a project since the Electronic Medical Record project.
Since the ASTD / Innovations in eLearning marathon, I've been involved in a major revamp of our web-site.
Maybe the web project didn't seem so interesting because communications across groups (content, developers, training, management, SMEs) have gone fairly smoothly. Despite some concerns by some of the stakeholders - the project has been well planned. Most importantly, the product itself is fairly user-friendly.
Training, for this project, really serves 3 purposes:
- To communicate information on the project (particularly governance and formatting) and discuss ways to work with the tool more effectively.
- To give people a safe and focused area to work with resources at hand for questions.
- To make the really nervous content providers more confident about their ability to finish the admittedly large task they have at hand.
The pilot went very well. I received some productive feedback on the material and clarification on the tool - both from a technical "best practice" perspective and from a functional "this is what they are up against" perspective.
The team is racing through some last minute configuration changes and builds. If all goes well - I will be spending this afternoon finalizing documentation and doing one final walk-through of both designed classes. a) to make sure I have an idea of what I am talking about and b) to make sure the system works. If all doesn't go well....I've got enough PowerPoint slides with screenshots to punt. ;')
I've always got the technology unga-bunga dance in my arsenal if it gets really ugly....
So over the next 2-3 weeks, I will be journaling the training for Vignette.
Should be fun....