Pre-Conference Workshops

As you make your plans for Montreal, please consider attending one of our comprehensive, popular pre-conference workshops. This year we are offering four sessions:

Principles + Practices of Performance Improvement Institute

Presenter: Valerie Bernard, PhD
The Principles & Practices of Performance Improvement Institute is a three-day program designed to introduce the fundamentals of human performance technology (HPT). Instructional strategies include workplace examples and collaborative analysis of case studies. Using tools and techniques recognized as best practices in the industry, this program provides knowledge and resources from veteran instructors and facilitators in the field. 
Participants will be able to: 

Define performance improvement.
Apply performance consulting skills to improve performance.
Apply the Total Performance System to identify performance issues.
Conduct a Gap Analysis to compare desired performance to actual performance to identify gaps.
Identify possible causes of performance gaps.
Prescribe appropriate interventions that could eliminate performance gaps.


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Principles & Practices of Performance Improvement Advanced Institute

Presenters: Roger Addison, CPT, EdD, and Klaus Wittkuhn
A laboratory is the place to experiment with new tools and techniques to learn how to use them effectively in your organization. Your participation in the three-day Principles and Practices Learning Lab will equip you to add value and make a difference in the business of your organization.

Come learn and apply a systematic approach to identify and analyze performance improvement opportunities that impact the bottom line. Try out innovative and flexible models, tools, and techniques as you generate solutions that will succeed. Build evaluative methods and sustainable implementation strategies to use immediately in your organization.

Since 1997, ISPI’s Institutes have included Principles & Practices. The Learning Lab format has distinguished this program and continues to evolve through ongoing innovative design and delivery. This hands-on experience, which has drawn positive and appreciative testimony from participants worldwide, uses case studies and real-world examples to immerse the learner in three days of diagnosis, development, implementation, and evaluation. With its reputation as the premiere program of its kind, the Principles & Practices Institute continues to support and guide practitioners at every level to build skills in performance improvement.

From the broad view of the Performance Technology Landscape to detailed explorations of the Worker, Work, and Workplace, you will come away with a solid foundation in the Principles & Practices of Performance Improvement.

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Workshop: Preparing for the CPT

Presenter: Belia Nel, CPT
Whether you work primarily in instructional design, technical documentation, process improvement, or performance consulting, this workshop will show you how the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) certification can help you prove your work adds value to your clients. During this workshop, you will get an overview of the standards on which the CPT is based, the certification process, and how the credential came about. Thus, you will gain a deeper understanding of the standards and the criteria for achieving the CPT. You will engage in exercises where you apply a reviewer’s checklist to sample applications. You will see examples of well-documented applications and reviewers’ feedback on some that did not meet the standards. You will also use a self-assessment guide to determine your readiness to apply for certification.

Participants will be able to:

Understand the value of the CPT certification to them and their organization.
Better evaluate their work and the work of others.
Assess their readiness to apply for the CPT designation.
Develop a plan for their professional growth.

All applications for the CPT designation are subject to the regular peer evaluation process. The CPT application fee is included in the price of the workshop and must be submitted by June 2018. You must also be a Gold Member to receive certification.

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INNOVATION-BASED CHANGE: DESIGNING FOR A NEW WORLD

Presenter: Sylvia Lee

When change initiatives that start with enormous enthusiasm and fanfare peter out amid sad sighs at valuable resources invested but minimal value gained, a common reason is using old world design approaches to generate new world change. In this workshop, learn how traditional change approaches limit growth and impede performance, and discover the positive, affirmative, design principles that drive transformational, sustainable change. Then practice using Appreciative Inquiry to apply these principles to generate large-scale change. End with exploration of ISPI’s own transformational, AI-based change initiative.

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn how traditional approaches to designing strategy, systems, and organizations limit growth, impede performance, and derail change initiatives.
  • Discover the power of positive, affirmative, and innovation-based design principles to drive transformational, sustainable change.
  • Explore how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) uses these principles in a powerful and proven process to generate large-scale change.
  • Practice developing generative questions - the fuel for AI.
  • Co-create an AI Summit framework for an identified large-scale change.
  • Apply what you learn to ISPI’s own transformative change initiative.

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