In my last post I discussed some of the things that I’ve borrowed from entrepreneurial and design thinking. These have worked successfully for me and allowed me to gradually change how I think about my work and allowed me to survive and thrive in a chaotic and uncertain work environment.
Like I also said, this is what has worked for me. I think it could work for you as well, but you need to adapt what I’m saying here to your own context.
I want to do two things to take it a couple of steps further.
One is provide an informal way for you to assess how far down this track you might be yourself. And it’s fine if the answer is “not at all”.
The other is to illustrate what I’m discussing here with some examples of the kinds of resources, tools, and apps that I use. You can find more on this in Part 3.
So first of all, here’s a short self assessment exercise. It’s fine if you don’t know the answer to any or all questions.
Also, my context is education and training that is funded in some way – either though government funding, user pays funding, or some combination of both.
Short answers only please. You can write them in the comments section.
- Define “customer” in one sentence.
- Describe your particular customer(s) in five words or less.
- Define “business model” in one sentence.
- Describe your (or your organisation’s) business model in seven words or less.
- Define “iterate” in five words or less.
- When did you last brainstorm, prototype or iterate some component of your education or training work?
- What was it?
- What systems have you designed?
- What do you use to manage tasks? A task is anything you need to get done for your work.
- What do you use to manage projects? A project is any number of tasks you need to complete for a bigger purpose, e.g. enrolling a learner, teaching a course, designing a new resource
- List any cloud-based productivity tools you use?
- List any digital creative tools do you use?
I’m going to be discussing my answers to these questions in my workshop next week and I’ll post a follow up with answers shortly.
In the mean time, if you are unfamiliar with any of the terminology used in the eleven questions I and you’re interested in what I’m saying I suggest you get online and do some research.