How The 3C Project Management Framework Controls L&D Costs And Maximizes ROI

How The 3C Project Management Framework Controls L&D Costs And Maximizes ROI
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Summary: Creating an eLearning course for your onboarding process can get real messy, really quickly.

The 3C Project Management Framework

Think about it—you’re dealing with different departments, trying to please everyone (while not spending too much), and ensuring that the course is effective for new employees. Plus, if you’re working alongside an agency, you have to make sure everyone is on the same page. It’s a lot to manage. Fortunately, we’ve developed a project management framework that can help you take control of your onboarding process, minimize costs, and boost ROI. It’s our 3C Project Management Framework—you can read all about it on our website. Let’s walk through the basics.

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The Three Cs: Creative Control, Process Control, And Financial Control

eLearning projects often turn sour when different team members try to take control of different aspects of the project. When this happens, it means there is a lack of control overall (and you feel out of control, too!) What we’ve realized at eWyse is that there’s a way to streamline the process and come out with a winning product every time, whether you’re working with an agency or going completely in-house.

Creative Control

First of all, you need creative control. And no, that does not mean you maintain creative control at the expense of stakeholders and external teams. It means that you, as the project manager, need to incorporate everyone’s creative vision so that all parties are on board with the end result.

Without streamlining creative control, you can run into some tricky scenarios:

  • Your design team spends hours designing a concept that perfectly meets your needs, but the production team decides to go in a completely different direction.
  • You spend weeks creating a course that is interactive and engaging, but the compliance team says it’s not a fit with their standards.
  • Agency stakeholders want the final say on everything, but you’re the one who has to live with the course—and the blame—if it’s a flop.

In order to avoid these problems, it’s important to have a project management framework in place that allows for open communication and collaboration. The 3C Project Management Framework provides a structure for everyone to share their ideas and come to a consensus on the best way forward.

Process Control

Once you have everyone’s creative vision on board, you need to make sure that everyone is singing from the same song sheet when it comes to the process. This means:

  • Making sure everyone knows the production process like the back of their hand
  • Communicating every change in process to all stakeholders
  • Creating a timeline and sticking to it
  • Incorporating rounds of feedback to ensure that every stage of production is approved by all stakeholders

Our framework includes rounds of feedback at every stage of production to keep everyone in the loop and minimize surprises down the road. And by sticking to a timeline, you’re less likely to run into costly delays.

Financial Control

Last but not least, you need financial control. This means keeping track of budgets and ensuring that everyone is aware of their spending—essentially, what we’ve been talking about throughout the eBook.

Our cost estimation calculator comes into play right at the beginning of the framework so that clients know with accuracy how much they’ll be spending on the project.

Once the budget is set, it’s important to track spending so that no one goes over budget. This means:

  • Regular status updates to keep everyone in the loop on spending
  • Invoicing on a regular basis
  • A detailed timeline including all deliverables and associated costs

With the 3C Project Management Framework, you have everything you need to take control of your employee onboarding process and boost ROI. So let’s take a look at it.

The eWyse Process For eLearning Success

At eWyse, we follow a 7-step process for developing our eLearning courses. Whether you work with us, another agency, or your internal team, this process will help you create a course that is on-brand, on-budget, and on-target.

1. Need Analysis

All key stakeholders brainstorm what will essentially become the blueprint for the course. Who is the course for? What is their current skill level? What is your intended outcome? This stage is all about getting everyone on the same page.

2. Research And Outline

The Needs Analysis is built into a robust and thorough course outline, complete with learning objectives and target completion times.

3. Concept

An overarching theme is decided upon, and all parties reach a consensus. For instance, you might use a metaphor or analogy to tie the course together. It’s important to lock this in from the get-go.

4. Storyboard

Each scene in your eLearning course is laid out, detailing the order in which they will appear and the accompanying text. This helps the design team to begin visualizing how it will look and feel.

5. Moodboard

The outline is ready to go, so now it’s the design team’s turn to plan out things like color, graphics, typography, and animation. The fun begins!

6. Demo

The design team builds a rough, interactive prototype that can be tested with key stakeholders.

7. Final Course Creation

The design team builds a rough, interactive prototype that can be tested with key stakeholders.

We make a point of weaving multiple rounds of feedback into every key stage, which doubly ensures that the final product meets (and exceeds) expectations. It’s our “no surprises” philosophy; the client walks away with exactly what they ordered.

You might decide to create your course with us, or you may choose to go it alone. But whichever route you choose, following this tried-and-true process is the key to success.

In Summary

You’ve successfully reached the end of our eBook on boosting your ROI—and what a ride it’s been. Let’s run through a brief recap of the key take-home points:

1. Employee onboarding is challenging. No matter how well-versed you are in onboarding lore, there are barriers that can prevent you from seeing the ROI you desire. Measuring and tracking your ROI is a great way to tell what is and isn’t working.

2. Context is key. The structure of your onboarding content makes all the distance; use a blend of quality eLearning and engaging in-person activities to get new employees up to speed quickly.

3. Accurate budgeting is crucial. Creating a budget is tricky, and sticking to it is harder if you don’t get the former right. Make sure to allot enough funds for a great onboarding experience without breaking the bank.

4. Pay attention to the learning curve. In order to boot your ROI, you need to flatten that curve as much as possible. Utilize a variety of methods to get new hires up to speed quickly and smoothly.

5. Use your people. Onboarding can’t be based around eLearning alone; it needs to be propped up by reliable and supportive mentors who can give new hires the personal touch.

And finally, remember that we have spent a considerable amount of time designing, testing, and using our 3Cs Framework. It’s designed for people like you—determined and dedicated managers who want to get the most out of their employee onboarding experience.

We hope you’ve found this eBook helpful, and we wish you the best of luck in getting fully ramped in record time. A better ROI is coming your way!

Download the eBook Get Fully Ramped In Record Time: Your Guide To Boost Employee Onboarding ROI to onboard with ease and stretch your L&D resources. You'll discover how to not only create a budget but stick to it by leveraging the right outsourcing partner and proven strategies. You can also join the webinar to learn the secrets of how to fully ramp in a flash.

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