Join Jolie Miller for an in-depth discussion in this video Kickoff call: Building a schedule, part of Instructional Design Essentials: Working with SMEs.
Building a project schedule is one of the…most important goals of your phone call,…as the schedule determines whether you…go somewhere quickly or nowhere slowly.…You can see I filled in some basics here,…and you'll want to use this doc to be your guide…for the schedule in its entirety.…Since you've already talked to your smee…about their availability, and any major events…on the calendar, this is fairly easy to implement.…There are four steps I use to make scheduling…a painless, repeatable process.…The first step is determining your ship date,…and working backwards to determine…how long you have to complete your project,…and what your start date will be.…
For example, let's say Jeff needs his course…available by November first, just in time for…that holiday shopping customer service crunch.…To be sure we hit that date,…I'd actually back it up further than the first,…and give myself a buffer of five to ten days…before that to make sure we're finished,…so let's say we want to be done by October 22nd.…It's September fifth now, so we have about…
The course also shows you how to set up project schedules, overcome common obstacles, and use a variety of approaches to ensure that the content you build together will be stronger than the content either of you would build alone. The lessons are framed by a fictional ID/SME relationship that models how the two partners work together to create a customer-service training session.
- What is an SME?
- Understanding how designers and SMEs interact
- Getting to know the SME
- Building a schedule
- Outlining the content
- Managing deliverables
- Retaining the SME's voice
- Incorporating feedback
- Launching the content