KISS at work

A recent project I completed underscored the wisdom of the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid.  I was asked to develop training tools to introduce some procedural and database changes to a large team of volunteers.  An initial brainstorming session with the team generated ideas about video production using educational software.  However, it soon became apparent that we would need a less sophisticated solution to meet a tight timeline, accommodate the organization’s IT capacity and work within the budget.  By keeping our plan simple, I was able to deliver a training solution that was well-received and cost-effective to implement over a large geography.  The project was completed on time and on budget.

The key elements of success included:

  • Knowing the audience for the training and tailoring the material to their interests and technical level
  • Breaking the material into easily digestible chunks
  • Utilizing the diverse talents of the whole team (in this case, an educator, a digital editor, an analyst and volunteer management specialists)
  • Using technology that had already been deployed across the organization

Sometimes the simplest solution really is the best solution.

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