RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.( MainStreet) -- It is not the number of minutes or hours or days spent learning that matters; it is what you have learned that counts. Results are what matter. Whether it takes me five minutes, five hours or five days to produce a result, the result is the outcome, the product.If the standard for learning is amount of time spent, then let's just log the number of hours in class. But if it is whether students (both children and adults) learn the concepts, can apply them, and demonstrate mastery, then the only reason to measure the time it takes is if someone can't learn the content in a reasonable amount of time. If they can't achieve the result, then the method of content delivery, learning, and motivation should be examined.
|Hours at our desks in education or jobs is not the metric we should be setting.|
2. The milestones or metrics: a benchmark time of how long a result is expected to take
3. The deadlines: the actual latest date for completion
4. The monitoring: interim checkpoints to assess progress
5. The support: guidance and clarification on the specifics or general direction We have taken the convenience of segmenting efforts into blocks of time (as a consultant, I bill clients by the hour), but time is not the deliverable; results are. I may be able to do something faster than someone else (say, another consultant) and as a consequence I spend less time executing and delivering results to a client. I do not stretch a project out to fit the time I have available; I use the time it takes to get the desired result. This is ultimately beneficial to both of us: More results (faster) mean lower overall costs for the client and more time for me to work with more clients. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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