Happy New Year 2012 !!!!
I hope all of you had a fantastic holiday season … so – what’s new with me?
Well – in addition to being the Product Manager for Business User Products here at Mindsharp, as well as the primary instructor for that course, I am now teaching InfoPath Designer 2010 (two teaches under my belt so far with more on the schedule). Teaching a new class is always an interesting challenge for an instructor as we need to trust our instincts and knowledge and not let any inner insecurities pull us down (which students don’t typically ever see as we don’t let them show)!
In December, I hosted a webinar here at Mindsharp where I discussed SharePoint Training Best Practices. It received some pretty good reviews, so I thought I would also write a blog post series about this topic since my post audience may be different than my webinar audience.
One of the most important things that you can do to gain success (in addition to overall planning for your SharePoint implementation) is a solid training plan. What does that mean?
Let me break it down to a more manageable focus. At the very least, your organization needs to look at and for the following:
• Look for a training company with a solid, repeatable training curriculum
• Take a good, hard look at the training company’s reputation in the industry
• Make sure the company is willing to customize to your requirements
• Ask the right questions to get the training you REALLY need (sometimes it’s not exactly what you THINK you need).
• Get recommendations
• Attend conferences and other SharePoint events
• Look for great instructors
– Get their bio
– Be able to conference with them ahead of the teach
– See if they’re willing to conference with the proposed class ahead of the teach
• Make sure the class offers lots of hands-on lab time
While this is just a start – it’s a good start. Please look for the continuation of this topic over the next couple of weeks … be safe and happy!