Nailing Down Review Cycles

If you’re not careful, you can spend more time in review cycles than in production for your e-learning courses.  In order to manage costs and schedule, it’s important to know up front who needs to see what, when, and for how long.

Unexpected reviewers brought in mid-way can cause major rework.  Wanting something to be perfect before it goes to your boss and then then perfect again before it goes to her boss can significantly extend the schedule.  And pilot groups are challenging because you don’t want to show it to a pilot group until it is polished, but by the time it is polished, it is a little too late to make substantial changes.  So whether you want to be liberal with review cycles and take as long as you need to get it perfect or you need to manage the process to keep costs and schedules reasonable, it is important to decide up front how to handle the process.

Here’s a new tool we are working with to help define the process with our clients.  We’ll use this information to help put together the schedule and determine if we can use our standard pricing structure or need to add extra costs for extra rounds of changes.

What do you think?  Would a tool like this be useful for you to define revision cycles?  Would you make any changes?

Prototype:

Prototype

Storyboards:* Denotes optional reviewer, meaning the project can move forward without feedback.

StoryboardOnline Draft:

Online Draft

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins leads Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in the use of rapid- development tools. Diane has been in the eLearning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about eLearning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series.

One Response to “Nailing Down Review Cycles

  • Christine Abunassar
    4 years ago

    Diane, I completely agree as this is the riskiest part of an eLearning
    project. Make sure your SOW’s are tight with deadlines to better manage
    turnaround–time is Money!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *