Item description for User Training for Busy Programmers by William Rice...
If you are a busy programmer or software professional who's lumbered with the job of training users then this book is for you. It gives you step by step instructions to developing your software class. Without getting bogged down for a second in education theory, you will be developing successful training courses in no time.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.31 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2005
Publisher Packt Publishing
ISBN 1904811450 ISBN13 9781904811459
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More About William Rice
Rice is a painter. He is currently preparing a study of Picasso's notebooks for Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
Reviews - What do customers think about User Training for Busy Programmers?
Great read...Content justifies the title Jul 24, 2006
I selected this book since it's a goal oriented book. No theories, though as the preface mentiones it's based on sound educational theory. I am a technical writer and this book surely has several bits of information and advice that even I can use.
The author makes his intentions clear at the begining with this: "Good software training is not about learning how to use software. It's about learning how to get work done." He follows this up by eliminating some common misconceptions about training.
From then on, the book goes about helping one prepare and deliver the course. The real work begins from Chapter 2, with identifying who needs to be trained and the type of information applicable to a particular kind of audience, demonstrated by examples. While helping us develop the in-class exercises, the author takes a moment to brief us on the common conventions and writing styles that'd help in a training session exercise and while developing lectures.
Since a good part of training also revolves around a live demo of the application, the book also helps us build material to complement our demo. Through examples we are taught to write discussion points that are mapped with the instructor activity plan for the demo. Finally the author shows us how to package the course along with the instructions and slides before doing a dry test run.
The best thing about the book is its "a bit-of-advice" attitude. The regular check-points and action activities keep the reader involved. Even while reading you feel as if you are actually developing a course. Surely this book will help any programmer to prepare for a training or demo exercise.
Great reading, with great insight. Jan 21, 2006
Finally a great reading, with great insight, and readable in just a few hours.That was a pleasant and interesting read. I'm not a professional trainer but often had to present software and train people. I'm addicted to whiteboard and would become a full time teacher if that was possible. So I can see myself as the perfect guy for this book.
It is thin but that was expected with such a title. The book really goes to the point, without being boring and as stated by the author, it is not about teaching theory but should serves as a guide.
You can get chapter 4 of the book to give you a good idea of the structure by going to http://www.packtpub.com/training_for_programmers/
What I think is really missing is some kind of template or at least printable checklists to guide you thru the process. You can find those in the book, but you will have to recreate them on your own. It's even more needed if you have more than one training to organize or if you adress different audiences. That being said, it's still a good idea to get the book!
But beware of the «fast track lure» ! Even if the book is slim, achieving what is suggested will take time, lots of it. But frankly how can you accomplish this task without any effort at all. It's just not possible. So, even if you're a busy programmer, take time to plan your training. And following the nice hints from this book.is a great way to avoid some errors.
A Book Review by the Windows Small Business Server Users Group, Denver, CO Nov 30, 2005
This short, concise book does an excellent job of covering the steps involved in training development. Mr. Rice covers the steps in a way that makes it an easy read, and the format and layout of the book makes you want to use it as a checklist. The book would be a good addition to anyone's bookshelf who has to develop training sessions.
My only concern with the book is its title. The job of understanding the needs of the user is left to the designers and architects of applications, not programmers. From my experience, programmers do not write users' documentation or end-users' training. I am afraid that programmers might look at the book and reject it because it is not something they would do, and the people who need it will miss it because it seems to be addressed to programmers.
If you are new to training development, take a look at this book. It is well worth its price. Most of us non-professional course designers, of whom I am one, are never given the time to follow the full process presented in this text, but it is good to know the steps that you have skipped.
Reviewer: J. Mel Harris
Mel has 35+ years in the computer business and specializes in the development of business productivity applications and training of power-users and solutions innovators. He develops and presents training sessions on a wide variety of technical and end-user topics.