Media (audio/video)

Lessons Learned Videos | Research Conversations | Conversations on HPT | Other Interviews |  Bookclub Recordings

2-Minute Lessons Learned Videos

Capturing valuable knowledge based on “real world” experiences is central to improving  research and practice.  At the same time, it is rarely easy to find time for writing up the valuable lessons learned from projects.  The 2-Minute Lessons Learned Videos bridge this gap by providing an easily accessible (and searched) video library of lessons contributed by those who doing needs assessments, paired with a very simple tool for contributing your own lessons to the video library.  Let’s not let the valuable lessons from our experience be forgotten, visit the site today to learn from others and contribute what you know.

Research Conversations

Finding the time to read the diverse research in fields of HPT, HRD, HRM, OD, Management, Personnel, and other related disciplines the inform your decisions is a rare luxury. Translating those research findings into practical applications is nevertheless the foundation of successful improvements in human and organizational performance.

Sharing Science

After several years of summarizing research that can be useful in guiding organizational decisinos, we decided that in order to be sustainable (and even more inclusive) we wanted to allow researchers to post their own short videos describing their research and its applications.  You can see these at: We Share Science.

Research Summaries

Summaries of the many research studies are posted in the Related Research section, and we have also conducted podcast interviews with couple of research authors to further explore how the research can be applied in organizations (a precursor to We Share Science). Below is a list of those  interviews.


Annette Towler, author of Effects of trainer expressiveness, seductive details, and trainee goal orientation on training outcomes, published in Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Frank Nguyen, author of The Effect of Performance Support and Training as Performance Interventions, published in Performance Improvement Quarterly.

Conversation on Human Performance Technology (HPT)

With the help of John Wedman at the University of Missiouri, we have recorded more than twenty-five podcast interviews with professionals who work on needs assessments or related performance interventions. The interviews are free to download or link to. We have organized the podcasts around Wedman’s Performance Pyramid and each interview can be a valuable source for information for those interesting in analyzing or improving performance. The interviews are aligned with contributing chapters in the The Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace – Volume 2: Selecting and Implementing Performance Interventions [see the Books section for more information].

NOTE: These files are temporarily not available, please check back.

Anne Marrelli on Data Collection [Listen]
Roger Kaufman on Achieving Results [Listen]
Miki Lane on Performance Aid [Listen]
Ryan Watkins and Doug Leigh on Performance Systems [Listen]
Patti Phillips on Return-on-Investment [Listen]
David Gliddon on Performance Management Systems [Listen]
Jessica Frumkin on Rewards and Incentives [Listen]
Gene Kutcher on 360 Feedback [Listen]
James Altschauld on Needs Assessment Processes [Listen]
Marvin Faure on Appreciative Inquiry [Listen]
Frank Nguyen Electronic Performance Support [Listen]
Hillary Leigh on Succession Planning and Management [Listen]
Judy Hale on Outsourcing [Listen]
Bea Griffith-Cooper and Karyl King on Change [Listen]
Michelle French on Job Crafting [Listen]
Christi Hegstad on Mentoring [Listen]
Ingrid Guerra-Lopez on Performance Measurement [Listen]
Scott Schaffer on Team Learning [Listen]
Steven Condly on Incentive Systems [Listen]
Jim Breaugh on Realistic Job Previews [Listen]
Tyrone Holmes on Diversity in the Workplace [Listen]
Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff on the Future Search [Listen]
Dan White on Leadership Coaching [Listen]
Tony Marker on Organizational Culture [Listen]
Andrea Ellinger on Managerial Coaching [Listen]

Links to the interviews and the chapter abstracts are available at Conversations On HPT.
Additional resources are also available on the Performance s Pyramid Website.

Other Interviews

Interview with Ryan Watkins on Needs Assessments on the Everyday Evaluation podcast
Interview with Ryan Watkins on Performance Improvement (conducted by Guy Wallace)

Interview with Doug Leigh on Performance Improvement (conducted by Guy Wallace) Webinar with Doug Leigh

Interviews with Roger Kaufman

Video Interview Part 1:
Video Interview Part 2:
Interview as part of the ASTD “Voices” project: Roger Kaufman
Just for fun: A Kaufman Story

Video of Geary Rummler presenting on needs analysis (circa 1986):
Blast from the past – Skinner on Teaching Machines: Part 1Part 2

Podcasts of Bookclub Discussions

Unfortunately, we due to dropping participation we had to end the bookclub in 2018. If anyone would like to start another, please contact us.

February 1, 2018 – Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker

August 15, 2017 – Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli
May 8, 2017 – Informal Learning by Jay Cross
February 8, 2017 – A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel Levitin
December 15, 2016 – The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo
July 22, 2016 – The Purpose Economy by Aaron Hurst
August 3, 2015 – Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited by Steve Krug
May 5, 2015 – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
February 3, 2015 – Lean Human Performance Improvement by Jerry Harbour
November 13, 2014 – How the Poor Can Save Capitalism by John Hope Bryant
August 5, 2014 – Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
May 7, 2014 – Myth of Innovation by Scott Burkun
February 4, 2014 – Design Thinking by Nigel Cross (Design Model graphic by Lynn Kearny)
November 4, 2013 – The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
August 13, 2013 — The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
May 3, 2013 — Think, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
February 8, 2013 — Analysis for Improving Performance by Richard Swanson
November 2, 2012 – Cognitive Load Theory by Jan Plass
August 3, 2012 – Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey Daniels.
May 4, 2012 – Chasing Stars by Boris Groysberg.
February 3, 2012 – The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.

October 28, 2011 – Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-truths, and Total Nonsense by Pfeffer and Sutton.

August 4, 2011 – Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine (Bonus: NPR interview with the author)

March 28, 2011 – Human Competence by Thomas Gilbert

January 26, 2011 – Turning Research into Results by Richard Clark and Fred Estes
November 4, 2010 – Shopclass as Soul Craft by Matthew Crawford
August 5, 2010 – The ROI of Human Capital by Jac Fitz-enz
April 30, 2010 – Structured On the Job Training by Ron Jacobs
February 2, 2010 – Building Expertise by Ruth Clark (sorry, no recording available)