ISPI Performance Digest
Apr. 2, 2013

'Discover What Works' at the Research-to-Practice Symposium
International Society of Performance Improvement
The popular Research to Practice Symposium returns to THE Performance Improvement Conference 2013, held at the Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nev. Presenters will discuss how PI professionals can separate fact from fiction when it comes to the latest research and strategies in the industry. Increase your knowledge and ability to make research-based and data-driven decisions in the workplace. This year's Research-to-Practice Symposium will include presentations by:

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Poor man's Agile: Scrum in 5 simple steps
Scott Porad
There is so much talk and writing about Agile and Scrum and, frankly, 99 percent of it is confusing and makes things worse for the people who read it. Don't read that stuff. Read this. Keep it simple. Here's how Scrum works.More

Can't we all just work together?
Mavenlink
Even with the latest advancements in project management technology, collaborative communication can get "cloudy." After all, collaboration is a human behavior. No one said working together to achieve a common goal or consensus was easy. There is a human element involved. You’'ve got so many distinctive personalities and opinions to contend with — and then there is business politics. Here are eight secrets to achieving collaborative productivity in the cloud.More

Getting organized when launching large-scale e-learning
Mindflash
One of the most intimidating things in the learning and development field is launching your first large-scale e-learning initiative to your entire company. So many things could go wrong. People might not be able to log in. If they can log in, the right course might not be assigned to them. Learners might not be able to find the course. Course completions are not tracked properly causing re-takes and frustration. Worst of all, senior leadership may come to you because they are getting so many complaints. Ah, the joys of e-learning. The good news is that these mishaps can be avoided with some forethought and planning.More

When organizational memory stands in the way
Bloomberg
Many companies carry the heavy burden of organizational memory, and for far too long. The result: obsolete policies and practices, outdated assumptions and mindsets, and under-performing products and services. Organizational memory can create biases that get embedded in planning processes, performance evaluation systems, organizational structures and human resource policies. This becomes a big burden when non-linear shifts occur.More

Does using PowerPoint for e-learning have to result in disaster?
Training Zone
Misuse of PowerPoint is responsible for some truly awful e-learning content. But the fact of the matter is, e-learning created using PowerPoint doesn't have to be awful. When used well, PowerPoint can be a very versatile tool.More

Project management: No longer just for project managers
Business 2 Community
There was a time when one simply fell into project management. There were projects, someone needed to manage them, and boom: eventually someone did. But corporate structure did as corporate structure does and funneled the role into an official title, outfitting it with all the usual business-y tenets and a certified career path. Today that professionalism still exists, but recent trends in the workplace — particularly the push for cultures of collaboration and transparency — are leading project management to a place more reminiscent of its origins.More