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Friday, December 14, 2007

The Ammy Clone

Someone asked, and I wrote a list, so here's basically what I need for an Ammy Clone:

- a degree in English, Communications, or Education (or something else similar)
- curriculum design experience
- training experience (large group, hands-on systems training, 1:1, etc.)
- excellent business communications writing skills
- technical writing experience
- experience using Captivate
- experience creating online courseware
- comfort and ease presenting to large and contentious groups
- skill with building and managing relationships with various stakeholders
- experience at Stanford and an understanding of the university structure, hierarchy, and the needs and limitations of it's various schools and departments

The problem is, it's a bizarre skill set that most work experience doesn't directly correlate to and that only exists as this role because I (and a few other colleagues) existed as such at the time. Finding a tech writer or a trainer is pretty easy. Finding someone who is both is harder. I mean, think about it, what kind of weirdo likes to be out there on the front line doing stand-up training and giving presentations one day, and methodically creating a detailed user guide the next day. Those are *usually* two different personality types, unless you're me.

And that last requirement on the list, that's the killer. It's just so likely that a person new to Stanford would really stick their foot in it. I did it when I arrived. Now nearly seven years later, I feel like I can go into most conversations with a good grounding in the politics involved, but sometimes folks still surprise me.


  • Are you looking for a clone of who you are now or a clone of who you were when you started ? The second one would be easier to find, the first one would be a good bit tougher because you are wroking with a limited applicant pool.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 1:15 PM  

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