The Antidote for Training Waste: Trim Fat & Boost Performance with Damn Good Job Aids (Joe Halpin & Russ Powell)

  • 17 Oct 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Office, Dublin, CA


  • (formerly Mt. Diablo ASTD)
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Join Us for Networking, Dinner & A Meeting Titled

The Antidote for Training Waste

Trim Fat & Boost Performance with...
Damn Good Job Aids


Joe Halpin

and Russ Powell

Effective Job Aids Are Like GOLD

In this engaging and interactive session... Learning-industry veterans Russ Powell and Joe Halpin from Peregrine Performance Group provide guidance and examples that help participants recognize, design and create exemplary job-aids.

If attendees have any doubts about their ability to recognize, design and/or create effective job-aids (or manage people who design and create these), this program is a must attend. It's a relatively simple, high-payoff antidote to training-waste.

“The volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely, and reliably.”
―Atul Gawande, Surgeon, Writer, Public Health Researcher

After 25 years of helping business leaders and training departments find new and better ways to create programs that help their workforces perform better (i.e., faster, safer, more effectively), learning-industry veterans, Russ Powell and Joe Halpin, have come to realize that Mr. Harless had coined something true and brilliant in that phrase: one of the most valuable (and yet under-rated) performance support tools we can provide for our customers and work-teams is the damn good job-aid.

"Inside every fat course is a thin job-aid crying to get out."  

―Joe Harless, Workforce Performance Improvement Thought Leader

More About this Presentation 

Learning and performance professionals have an overwhelmingly large bag of tricks these days. And as a result, in many cases, we've become Jacks and Jills of many trades and masters of none (or at least few). This session helps talent development professionals relax, return to some basics, and re-consider the value of one of the most useful tools in our collective performance-improvement bag – the job-aid. For the experienced professional, s/he will receive reinforcement and reminders of what it takes to build a great job-aid; newcomers will walk away with time-tested ideas for simplifying the overwhelming task of producing great performance support tools.

It's no secret that billions of dollars are wasted every year on training and talent development initiatives.

Objectives: In this session, You Will...

  • Recognize an exemplary job-aid. (Save time, money, resources.)

  • Know when to use a job-aid in place of or as a component of a training course or talent development initiative. (Reduce resource load(s).

  • Design and create an exemplary job-aid. (Increase confidence in tool effectiveness.)

One of the best ways to reclaim some of those wasted dollars is to go back to basics and ensure that whenever possible training programs are (a) focused on performance and (b) wrapped around relevant, effective job-aids. In some cases the relevant, effective job-aid can replace a course entirely. At Peregrine Performance Group, we've been designing and creating training and performance improvement programs for over 25 years. In that time, we've come to realize that the single most valuable tool at the heart of great performance improvement initiatives is the well-crafted job-aid.

As a rule, learning and performance improvement professionals are not as good as we think we are at designing and creating these (and other) performance support tools, but you will be after attending this session.

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Joseph Halpin

Principal, Peregrine Performance Group - a full-service workforce performance improvement consulting firm. Performance technologist for more than 25 years. Areas of expertise include information technology, communications, HR, and assessing learning and development strategies. Extensive experience in the design and development of performance and training solutions.

Sample Accomplishments:

  • Contributing architect of the award winning Sherpa eLearning platform
  • Contributing architect of the JobAider app for job aid development and sharing

Master of Arts in Instructional Technology, San Francisco State University, and Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communications, Ithaca College

Russ Powell

Principal of Peregrine Performance Group - As a workforce performance improvement consultant and veteran professional trainer, Russ has been designing, developing and facilitating professional development training programs and other performance improvement interventions for over 20 years.

He has worked with thousands of employees, hundreds of managers, and dozens of organizations in the creation and facilitation of training programs and other performance improvement interventions. His programs are marked by ample amounts of style and substance as well as impact to the bottom line where measurable. Russ specializes in the facilitation of highly-interactive, learner-centric programs and train-the-trainer courses. He has received numerous outstanding achievement awards for his corporate learning programs including two Awards of Excellence from the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and a gold Excellence in Learning award from Brandon Hall Research, the preeminent research organization for driving organizational performance.

Russ writes on occasion for professional societies and speaks regularly at industry conferences, including the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD), ISPI, the Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL) and The eLearning Guild. He holds certifications from the training organizations Development Dimensions International (DDI) and Blessing/White.

He holds two degrees in the behavioral sciences -- a Master of Science in Education from Georgia State University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University. Russ is also an avid juggler and a musician, and continues to perform on occasion. He lives in Northern California.



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The Registration Process

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  • If you have questions, email or call Joe Novosel at 707-332-8972.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us order the right number of dinners. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds or credits.

The Price Includes Your Meal

  • Discounted Rate for Mt. Diablo Members: $28
    Guest / Non Member Rate: $35
  • Student Rate: $25
    (please show student ID at registration upon arrival)

Agenda (Typical Meeting Agenda)

  • 6:00 pm Networking & Registration
  • 6:20 pm Dinner begins
  • 6:30 pm Keynote presentation
  • 7:45 pm Meeting Adjourns / Optional "After the Show" Networking Begins

Professional opportunities are usually 

mentioned during the meeting


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