Chapter 1: What Is Technical Training?
The Complete Training Suite for Technical Experts.
Technical Training Defined.
Technical Functional Training.
Personal Effectiveness Training.
Analogous Content Types.
Technical Training and Related Activities.
Technology and Computer-Based Training.
Human Resource Generalist Work.
Summary: The Power of a Common Language.
Chapter 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Technical Training.
Lack of a Common Understanding.
Evolution of Technical Training.
Perception Versus Reality of Technical Training.
The Need for a Strong Lobby.
The Impact of a Declining Economy.
Ownership of Technology and Enabling Activities.
Legitimacy of Technical Training.
Involvement in Technology Implementations.
The Role in Continuous Improvement Initiatives.
The Tension Between Two Core Competencies.
Integration of Technical Training into Talent Management.
Availability of Career Paths for Technical Employees.
Skills Mastery Over the Course of a Career.
Summary: The Value Proposition for Technical Training.
Chapter 3: Differentiators of Technical Training.
What Are Differentiators?
Formal and Informal Learning.
Availability of Content.
Granularity of Content and Audience Size.
Subject-Matter Expert (SME) Involvement.
Evolutionary Versus Revolutionary.
Standardization and Certification.
Learning and Unlearning.
Volunteer Instructors (VIs).
Consequence of Errors.
Summary: The Potential of Differentiators.
Chapter 4: Stakeholders of Technical Training.
Technical Training Stakeholder Needs.
Executives Expect Tangible Outcomes.
Managers Want Skill Gaps Addressed.
Technical Leaders Need Support for Technology.
Technical Experts Want Accurate Content.
VIs Need Recognition.
Employees Want Training Options.
Collaboration and Governance Structures.
Sponsors Champion Technical Training.
Advisory Teams Develop Content.
Training Organizations Collaborate.
Human Resources Partners with Training.
Steering Committees Align and Govern Training.
Stakeholder Support and Buy-In.
Identification and Classifi cation of Stakeholders.
A Team Approach to Stakeholder Engagement.
Stakeholder Management Techniques.
Summary: The Requirements for Collaboration.
Chapter 5: Technical Training Strategy.
Primer on Strategy.
Definition of Strategy.
Alignment to Business Objectives.
Strategic Planning Process.
Components of Strategy.
Vision and Mission Statements..
Business and Operating Models.
Portfolio of Products and Services.
Technical Training Roadmap.
Capabilities to Execute the Strategy.
Summary: Setting the Stage for Execution.
Chapter 6: Getting the Technical Training Agenda Funded.
Considerations in Advance of Funding.
Identifying Business Reasons for Funding Technical Training.
Understanding What Executives Are Looking For.
Defi ning Accountability and Ownership.
Leveraging Policies and Processes.
Setting Up the Budget.
Complexities of Training Costs.
The Cost of Technical Training.
Technical Versus Non-Technical Training Costs.
Managing the Budget.
Understanding Return on Investment.
Aligning Funding to Evaluation Outcomes.
Applying Creativity to Funding.
Summary: The Art and Discipline of Budgeting.
Chapter 7: Staffi ng the Technical Training Organization.
Structure of the Training Function.
Organizational Reporting Models.
Centralization Versus Decentralization.
Horizontal Business Functions.
Technical Training Skills.
Training Skills for Expertise.
Business Skills for Credibility.
Technical Skills for Accuracy.
Project Management Skills for Discipline.
Relationship Skills for Stakeholder Engagement.
Technical Training Recruiting.
Common Technical Training Jobs.
Recruiting Sources for Technical Training Professionals.
Managing the Technical Training Team.
Summary: Hiring and Development in a Nutshell.
Chapter 8: Technical Training Analysis, Design, and Development.
Identifying Technical Training Needs.
Gathering Stakeholder Input.
Training Needs Analysis.
Categories of Training Needs.
Opportunities for Data Gathering.
Prioritizing Technical Training.
Prioritization and Decision Making.
Designing the Technical Training Portfolio.
Developing Technical Training Programs.
Building Technical Training Courses.
Categorizing Courses into Curriculums.
Summary: Stakeholders Participate Throughout the Training Life Cycle.
Chapter 9: Marketing of Technical Training.
Why Market Technical Training?
Hurdles to Marketing Technical Training.
Building Marketing Competency.
Underlying Motivation for Marketing.
Understanding the Product.
Reading the Signs of Diminishing Value.
Marketing Principles Applied to Technical Training.
Describe the Value Proposition.
Defi ne the Target Market.
Categorize and Differentiate Products.
Brand Technical Training.
Develop a Marketing Plan.
Choose the Right Marketing Tools.
Common Sense and Marketing Technical Training.
Use Emotional Drivers.
Make Engagement Easy.
Summary: The Prospect of Marketing Technical Training.
Chapter 10: Technical Training Delivery and Evaluation.
Preparation for Training Delivery.
Piloting Training Solutions.
Establishing a VI Base.
Preparing Instructors for Training Delivery.
Modes of Technical Training Delivery.
Classroom, e-Learning, and Blended Training.
Hands-On Components and Simulations.
Social Networking and Collaborative Technology.
Vendor-Supplied Technical Training.
Mandatory and Compliance-Driven Training.
Evaluating Technical Training.
Transfer of Training to the Job.
Evaluation of Technical Training Programs.
Summary: Learning from Technical Experts.
About the Authors.