A Few Things You Should Know Before You Start Your LMS Implementation Project

Have you heard about the TutorPro Learning Management System Toolkit?  Implementing an LMS is a costly project and Team TutorPro understands that.  We realized that there is a lack of effective guidance for organizations going through this process.  To help organizations get more from their LMS investment, the TutorPro LMS Toolkit project was launched in partnership with Michelle Spencer, founder of the Legal Learning Development Network.  The toolkit contains both practical tools and educational webinars organized into 5 phases.   We just wrapped up the educational webinars for Phase 1: Analysis and Alignment.LMS toolkit

Here are some of my favorite highlights from Phase 1:

  • If you are introducing an LMS into your organization for the first time, complete a readiness assessment.  Just because the Learning and Development team is ready doesn’t mean the rest of the business is ready.
  • Know how the LMS will impact the business.  To frame your LMS project in business terms for management, you will want to start by identifying the key business drivers for getting an LMS by showing how these processes will be improved.
  • Know who will be using your LMS.  Identify your stakeholders and describe how they will benefit.
  • Be ready to show the monetary benefits by mapping out your current and future processes and calculating the costs.
  • Step back and look at where corporate learning and development is headed. You need to be looking at the far horizon, because you probably won’t be changing your LMS for years to come.  Define your long-term priorities.
  • Business strategy drives your learning strategy which drives the learning infrastructure you build.  Take time to develop your organization’s learning strategy if you don’t have one.
  • To develop a learning strategy, you need to think strategically vs. tactically.
  • Focus on business goals and business results.
  • Find out where there are problems or pain points that you can help solve.
  • Become your organization’s trusted advisor and learn how to dig deep to discover the real performance problems.  Define your value proposition.
  • Be realistic about which performance problems can be solved by training. You can provide knowledge and you can help improve skills.
  • Define the skills and behaviors you are trying to develop and determine goals.  Make them measurable.  Measurable and observable behaviors connect to hard data which gives them value.
  • Learn what the learning audience needs.  Try to understand their specific struggles and what they do.
  • Use your resources wisely.  Get expert help from other teams like your Project Management department, HR team, or Knowledge Management group.  This needs to be a team effort with you leading the charge and keeping things moving forward.
  • If you have put in the time and effort to get the strategy outlined with input from others, presenting your roadmap to the leaders in the organization should be straightforward.

Michelle Spencer took the lead and presented the educational sessions.  I asked her if she would be willing to share with us her key take away from Phase 1.   Michelle’s thoughts, ” Taking time on the front end to develop your approach and strategy that align with business goals is key to having a successful implementation.”

The toolkit is not specific to TutorPro’s LMS and is being offered free to anyone who is thinking about implementing an LMS or changing their LMS.  You can sign up for access the recorded webinars by visiting our toolkit resource page.

About the author: Tami Schiller

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