Take an Educated Approach to Developing an LMS Strategy

Build an LMS strategy based on corporate objectives and L&D goals by considering the four pillars of LMS: content, people, process, and technology.

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Not taking an educated approach to developing an LMS strategy could result in:

  • A lack of alignment with corporate objectives and organizational goals
  • Possible end-user dissatisfaction
  • Rework due to misalignment
  • Little understanding of strategy dependencies and pre-requisites
  • A lack of engagement of all necessary resources for the LMS project

Taking an educated approach to developing an LMS strategy will result in:

  • Alignment with corporate objectives and organizational goals
  • End-user satisfaction and application utilization
  • Elimination and/or reduction of rework due to misalignment
  • Identification of strategy dependencies and pre-requisites
  • Engagement of all necessary resources for the LMS project

Module 1: Visualize the Project

The Purpose

  • Understand the importance of creating an LMS strategy before selecting a software solution.
  • Develop an LMS business model that identifies the drivers for LMS, as well as the project barriers and enablers.
  • Complete a project charter to gain buy-in, build a project team, and track project success.  

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A go/no-go decision on the project appropriateness
  • An understanding of the different project drivers
  • Project stakeholders identified
  • Project team created with defined roles and responsibilities
  • Finalized project charter to gain buy-in 

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify LMS needs, barriers, and enablers.
  • Completed LMS business model
1.2 Align organizational goals and L&D goals with LMS objectives.
  • Strategy alignment between HR and the business
1.3 Decide on your LMS use case.
  • LMS use cases
1.4 Identify the right stakeholders for your project team.
  • Defined project roles and responsibilities

Module 2: Right-Size the Solution

The Purpose

  • Understand your current learning environment.
  • Elicit requirements from HR, IT, and the business.
  • Effectively assess solution alternatives to create a right-sized solution. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Requirements to strengthen the business case and inform the LMS strategy
  • A right-sized solution  

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Take inventory of learning applications and their purpose.
  • Learning application inventory
2.2 Map the current LMS process.
  • Current-state process map
2.3 Conduct a learning content inventory audit.
  • Learning content inventory
2.4 Elicit requirements from learners, administrators, the L&D team, and management.
  • High-level LMS requirements
2.5 Create an LMS content strategy.
  • A content strategy
2.6 Analyze the results from the LMS Learner Survey.
  • Specific end-user needs and requirements
2.7 Determine KPIs and guiding principles for your LMS solution.
  • LMS KPIs and guiding principles
2.8 Determine LMS integration points.
  • LMS integration map

Module 3: Finalize the Strategy

The Purpose

  • Brainstorm and prioritize short-term and long-term LMS tasks.
  • Apply the appropriate amount of governance to the LMS strategy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • LMS next steps
  • LMS governance considerations 

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Brainstorm solution initiatives, prioritize initiatives, and identify dependencies.
  • Completed LMS roadmap
3.2 Create a communication plan to promote transparency.
  • Completed communication plan
3.3 Build a governance plan to ensure the necessary controls are in place prior to strategy execution.
  • Governance plan

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