SAM starts with the preparation phase—where you gather information and get all the background knowledge. This is intended to be a very quick phase.
This phase begins with the Savvy Start, an initial collaborative brainstorm session to establish the project foundation. The Savvy Start focuses will serve as a project kickoff meeting. Throughout the Savvy Start and Iterative Design Phase, your team will be rotating through design, prototype, and review.
In the Iterative Development Phase we will work through development, implementation, and evaluation together. The project will start with a design proof, move to Alpha evolve into Beta, and finalize into Gold. You will continually analyze and evaluate throughout the process. At any point if a change needs to occur, it can happen quickly to limit any risk of moving out of budget or time.
SAM is a different approach to the development of instructional design products. It addresses the performance need through iterations, repeated small steps, rather than with perfectly executed giant steps. SAM addresses project roadblocks (product quality, meeting timelines and budgets, and managing SMEs). Most importantly, SAM is an agile elearning development process built specifically to create performance-driven learning.
With SAM, your project starts at performance so that you end with performance. We focus on learner experiences, engagement, and motivation over content organization, presentation of information and post-tests. Every project requires agility and flexibility by the project team. SAM provides the options, strategies, and tools for these teams to be successful.