Keeping the “A” in ADDIE — Why It’s a Must

We’ve all been there: You’re called into a meeting and asked to develop training for a new desk-level procedure. The new process is a security issue, so they want it right away.

“Okay,” you say. “Let me get started on the analysis. Who can I call to find out more about the workforce and what they’ll need?”

Crickets in the room. They hand you a stack of paper as tall as your two-year-old. “Here’s the process,” they say. “We don’t need a lot of fancy analysis. Just develop the training, okay?”

As a corporate training developer, this kind of situation puts you in quite a bind. You know you have to do someanalysis, or the training won’t be successful. After all, taking analysis and design out of the ADDIE model makes it the DIE model. And you know who will be blamed if the training doesn’t go well. When’s the last time you heard a client say, “You were right. We should have let you do your analysis”? Riiiiiight.

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