I've decided that Wendy's suggestion of asking for participation along the way is a great way to go. As I walk through different parts of the selection process, I'll ask for things that members of the audience have encountered for those who have gone through it. Thanks Wendy.
My outline has evolved a bit.
Topic #1 - LMS Dissatisfaction - Don't Do It!
LMS Selection Process
I'm going to break the process into a few bigger buckets:
- Start Up
- Form a core selection team and define stakeholders
- Define business and learning strategy
- Agree to process with key stakeholders
- Capture requirements and differentiating use cases
- Interviews / expectation setting
- Drill down on non-standard items
- Conduct initial research, select initial vendors, make contact
- sometimes done via RFI
- eLearningGuild, Brandon Hall or Bersin might help
- Prepare and send RFP (Request for Proposal Samples)
- Select finalists
- Pilot or hands-on tests
- Final selection
- Installation and configuration kick-off
- Define models, etc.
- Configuration, customization
- LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders
- Size of Team and Duration based on eLearningGuild Data (coming soon)
- Missing key team members such as IT
- Not handling politics
- Power plays
- Making an RFP that will make vendors hate you.
- Writing an RFP that won't help you differentiate between vendors.
Topic #5 - Writing a Good RFP
The RFP strikes me as being a big enough topic on it's own. I'm going to focus on that alone in my next post. Which I need to do right away. The dang conference is coming up fast.
Okay, I have the high level outline and an idea (thanks to Wendy) of the style I'm going to use.
I don't think I'm going to have time for Implementation or Life with an LMS.