Last month TrainSignal released a new video course course I created, and I thought I’d talk about it a little bit here, since I wrote it with the SMB consultant audience in mind.
I think that if I was looking for a course to take myself, I’d want to know that it did two things: cover all the essentials and additionally give me some beyond-the-basics expertise to add value to my consulting. Beyond that, I’d also want it to efficiently cover a given topic in a demo-driven way so that instead of having to plow through the whole course, I’d be able to sit down for 45 minutes or so with a specific topic and walk away feeling more prepared to implement.
That’s pretty much what I’ve put together, and when you add up all the content, it comes to over 17 hours of video, including segments covering SharePoint customization, certificates, WSUS, SBS 2003-2008 migrations, Exchange disaster recovery and much more.
TrainSignal typically sells scenario-driven courses, so there’s usually a fictitious company with fictitious characters whose needs the course is built around, and as part of the course, we field management requests from our “client” and translate them into technological solutions. In this course we are working for Mal Falconi, who runs KingFish Private Investigations, and she wants to set up a solution that maximizes her decentralized office strategy. Many videos begin with a description of a “business need” and we move on to craft and implement a solution that meets that need. I had a lot of fun building the course.
You can check out a larger overview here.
If you’ve already looked at the course, I’d be glad for any feedback you might have.