In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to carve out enough time in a project schedule to perform a comprehensive needs analysis. Many people are forced to perform iterative analysis as they deliver. To help ensure the effectiveness of your learning experience, consider this five-step rapid needs analysis process when you find time is of the essence:1. Identify the improvement opportunity.
Identify and clearly state the issue or improvement opportunity, and the desired organizational outcome. It’s easy to assume that all the key stakeholders know what the issue or opportunity is, but there can be significant variations in people’s viewpoints. Many times, stakeholders have general expectations in their heads (such as “our managers need to be more professional”) that requires you to drill down to specific behaviors. Performance issues or opportunities need to be clearly stated in terms of measurable behaviors, and agreed upon by all the stakeholders.