Startup Infrastructure

Create a World-Class Training Infrastructure On A Startup Budget

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Finally, your business is growing and you are hiring like crazy. Your startup is taking off. Wait, now you have a new set of challenges. How do I keep pace with rapid growth and invest in new team members as well as reinvesting in my original team? Don’t forget you can’t spend much money on this.

So you consider adding a training manager, purchasing a Learning Management System (LMS) and creating content. You quickly realize that this is going to be really expensive and inflexible.

There is a way to achieve your goals. Let me share some insights what are some of the key trends in corporate learning and how you can utilize them to create a cost-effective, world class training infrastructure.

  • The corporate training world is beginning to realize that formal learning under the umbrella of a traditional LMS is not very effective, and very costly. Why? Most learning is happening informally, on the job and not through formal training courses which are expensive to build.
  • The pace of change in most organizations, especially in startups, far outstrips the ability of the learning team to develop and deliver courses. It just takes too long – and can become stale before it ever gets into the hands of the users who need the information.
  • In the new world of the “connected” organization [i.e. the social enterprise], employees want to be empowered and self-directed to learn what is necessary to do their job in an easy, intuitive consumer style experience. This is especially true of the 19 – 30 year old generation called “Millennials”. Learning should be provided in “YouTube” style of learning, if the content is video based. Presentation or text-based content should be presented in the “Slideshare” style of learning. Most importantly, content should be available “just-in-time”. Staff wants to learn when they need the information – not once a quarter when a course might be scheduled.
  • Attention span is decreasing and courses lasting for half a day or even an hour is too long. “Microlearning,” where content is cut into small doses of 3 to 15 minutes is the most effective approach.
  • Many large organizations realize that their own employees as subject matter experts are best suited to train their peers – not external training vendors. They have their most knowledgeable staff members record short videos or provide presentations which are posted on a platform for later on demand viewing. To realize this, you don’t have to wait until you have 5,000 or 10,000 employees. You can do it right away knowing that this is the most effective and least expensive way to get your staff prepared for their work.
  • In startups, it’s really important for employees to know what other employees are doing. You want to minimize the risk of creating departmental silos, duplicating work and the time, money and resources wasted as a result. This will become an even larger problem, once you have hundreds or even thousands of employees, spread over different office locations.
  • Last but not least, companies are hiring new employees and want to get them up and running quickly.

With Hummingbird Share you can accomplish all of this and be well prepared for growing your startup to the next level while benefiting from a well trained staff.


Alexandre Barret