21 Questions to ask before Designing Any Training Program

Here’s something to file under the ‘Must Read’ category for instructional designers and anyone else tasked with creating training;  a great list of questions to consider before you start working on any training program.

NOTE: These questions originally created and shared by The Training Doctor were offline for awhile but now they’re back. You can find them here: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.

21 Questions to ask before Designing Any Training Program

This is a three part series of posts from the Training Doctor.

There are a lot of different causes for performance problems and most of them can NOT be solved by training.  These questions can help you identify the source of a performance problem and avoid building a training program that is doomed to fail from the beginning.

Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

13 thoughts on “21 Questions to ask before Designing Any Training Program

    1. Small world. Michelle, I’m doing the same program also at CU Denver and I agree, this is a great resource!

      Thanks, Mike. I first got to know you during an eLearning Guild Spotlight webinar earlier this year. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


  1. I would add “What is the cost/benefit of creating this training?” Often times we have requestors who want us to create a 20 minute training for a large population of learners (>100,000) to solve a problem that occurs a handful of times every 6 months. Maybe there is a better way to convey the information or…crazy thought…maybe we should fix whatever is causing the issue to arise so that no training is needed.


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