Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nominations are Open for the 2009 WLP Awards!

You work hard. Your team works hard.

You deserve to be recognized.

That's why the ASTD Central Iowa Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Awards were created--to give back to those who give so much toward the training and development industry.

Nominations are now open for the Second Annual WLP Awards. Visit to download an application and to register to be there for the big ceremony. Visit the beginning of this blog for photos and commentary on the 2008 event.

Categories for awards are:
Training as a Business Strategy
Coaching and Mentoring Programs
Most Innovative Training Solution
President’s Award (New this year!)

Winners are provided with a beautiful award anyone would want to display, and will be providing a 50 minute Best Practices presentation for the audience on their winning submission. Two complimentary tickets to the event are provided for winners.

Also, be sure to register your team and others from your organization now! Registration ends January 11th and seats are limited. Cost to attend is only $45 for ASTD or SHRM members.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Slides from Project Mgmt Workshop

Dan Topf promised a copy of his slides for you at the Project Management workshop.

You should be able to access them through this link. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Project Management Recap

Friday’s quarterly program “Project Management for Instructional Designers and Human Resources Development” was an exciting learning experience as to how learning and development professionals can add basic project management skills to enhance programs they are responsible for overseeing.

Dan Topf began this highly interactive program with the basic project management skills that we can use to develop programs while comparing them to other instructional design and project management designs that are commonly used today. We actually developed a complete program using project management skills.

The afternoon was filled with seven different sessions that people could attend in order to get their questions answered and learn more about a project that they are currently responsible for completing. These seven sessions included Stakeholders Are Committed, Business Benefits Are Realized, Work and Schedule are Predictable, Project Team Is High Performing, Scope is Realistic and Managed, Risks Are Mitigated, and Instructional Design Special Issues. Each session was given four times, with each round lasting 20 minutes. Participants could select up to four different topics to attend. Coaching was also available for people to talk about issues they have with their current projects.

This all could not have happened as smoothly as it did without the help of the presenters and volunteers with project management experience from ASTD and Project Management Institute – Central Iowa Chapter.