Laura Overton opened by saying she’ll try to give Fusion Knowledge a run for their money. She competes for the first ten minutes with Fusion Knowledge whose stand is like a Cuckoo’s egg in this corner of Learning Technologies 2011.
This is the third time a speaker has stoically acknowledged the competition (volume, noise of other speakers and from stands).
This is something for Learning Technologies to resolve.
Between my notes, taking this pictures and the distractions of the Fusion stand I now wished I too had opened up a Flip and grabbed the seminar. I struggling with my cryptic notes.
These THREE STEPS, Review, Compare, Act (i.e. benchmark then act) are a digest from 90 steps identified that I look forward to reviewing.
These 90 are group intoned six main ‘work streams’ Laura explained:
- Defining Need
- Learner Context
- Work Context
- Building Capability
- Ensuring Engagement
- Demonstrate Value
Benchmarking is based on comparing many business (was the gigure 1200?). With my sports interest I liken this to how in swimming (UK) every year benchmark standards in all events in all age groups, by gender at County, Regional and National levels are recalibrated.
And this. Which strikes me as a poor way to show a Bell Curve, the Diffusion of Innovations ‘S’ curve showing early to late adopters, with laggards here shown as ‘novices.’
and this which desires that business aspire to entire the Top Quartile (though if all businesses did so wouldn’t the way in which the scale is measured simply shift i.e. there can only be businesses in the Top Quartile as long as there are others in each of the others. I’m sure someone who is doing a Maths degree will kindly step in and explain this too me. I’ll ask Laura Overton too as she was very, very keen for people to fire questions in her direction.
Here we have the collated findings from a brief survey done with companies that the audience were asked to do too. I took an inside view of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and with only three exceptions gave them a 1 out of 9, suggestions that on this benchmark they are wofully behind the rest of the world. I’d can see the value of every company doing this in order to gauge how they compare and therefore how fit they are to compete using advanced learning & development resources.
Perhaps there is a case for making a digital record of things we experience for later appraisal.
I appreciate entirely the value of benchmarking. This depends on the quality, scale and currency of the data. I trust that in a market such as this it will be up to date.
If I can locate those who recorded this even on their Flip cameras, or view it as a podcast courtesy of Learning Technologies I will do so. I’ll also add here any correspondence I have with Laura Overton.