Friday, June 27, 2014

ASTD Certification - Submitting an Old vs New Project - ASK Trish CPLP Work Product Q&A


Q:  I have an existing project I think I can use for work samples, but I finished it a while ago. How do I know if I have enough evidence?

A:  One major challenge of work done in the past is - candidates often have the "performance related" deliverables, but don't have the necessary "project related" deliverables - most notably communications.
Reason being, depending on how old the project is, sometimes candidates don't have access to email communications, meeting requests / agendas / notes, etc. because the materials have been archived.
In other cases, candidates didn't document key communications as part of the original project. 

This is often because we don't use formal project communications in our workplaces - much of the communication occurs informally (e.g. in passing in the hallway; running into someone in the dining hall; during a meeting or phone call; but no one took notes, etc).
So definitely make sure you have both - the "performance related" and the "project related" deliverables when determining if your project meets requirements.

If you are currently working on the project you intend to use for your submission, make sure you collect evidence (work samples) as you go.

For now, grab EVERYTHING! You can refine what you do / don't include in your submission later.
To your success!

~ trish

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) since April 2006!

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