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Should 30 Days of Getting Results Be Flashcards or a List of Lessons?

Should 30 Days of Getting Results Be Flashcards or a List of Lessons?

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I’m testing the user experience again at 30 Days of Getting Results.   It’s worth it and I want to get it right, since I have a lot more people asking me about training now for Agile Results.

If you can take the new experience for a test drive, and give me feedback on whether you like the new experience over the original, that helps a ton.  (Unfortunately, I don’t have live A/B testing.  If you don’t know the original experience, imagine a simple white page with a list of lessons on the side, and I have a screenshot below.)

If you don’t know Agile Results or what 30 Days of Getting Results is all about, here’s the scoop …
30 Days of Getting Results is a serious (and free) self-paced time management training course.  It full of time management skills and productivity skills..   You’ll learn how to triple your productivity (actually, you can 10X it, but I’m trying to under-promise and over-deliver.)   Teams across Microsoft are using Agile Results to master time management, improve their productivity, and drive more value … better, faster, cheaper … and most importantly, more meaningful.

What’s the secret?  …
Oh nothing … just more than ten years of testing, experimenting, and refining across many, many people and teams to create a simple and flexible system that could stand up to some of the most rigorous scenarios and requirements.   Agile Results is holistic and it rides above the top of things.  It’s a synergy of proven practices that help you work on the right things, at the right time, the right way, with the right energy.  It’s about flowing value and focusing on the essential things that matter, using the 80/20 rule.  It’s about playing to your strengths, teaming up to achieve more, and hitting more windows of opportunity.  It’s about lighting a fire so you can blaze a trail through your workload, breakthrough barriers, and jump the hurdles that stand in your way. 

It’s about thinking in threes:  three wins for the day, three wins for the week, three wins for the month, three wins for the year.  It’s about adding Power Hours to your week so you can whip out more achievements in less time, with greater ease.  It’s about adding more Creative Hours to your week so you can find and flow more creative solutions, invent your next best thing, and unleash the productive artist in you.   It’s about recharging and renewing with skill.  It also puts science on your side, including the best learnings from positive psychology and sports psychology to unleash your best performance.  It’s also a synthesis of proven practices for motivation, directing your focus with skill, prioritizing with decisive action, and making your moments count.  For the softer side, it’s an East meets West productivity system, where you will do less, achieve more, and enjoy more effortless ways of producing outstanding results.

With that in mind, here are the two experiences I am testing …

Experience A:  Flashcards
Experience A is currently live at 30DaysOfGettingResults.com

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With this experience, you see a set of visuals that represent each lesson.  When you click a lesson, that lesson expands and shows you the outcome, the insight, and the action for the day.  The upside with Experience A is that it’s interactive and it reinforces the idea that you don’t have to go through the lessons sequentially.  Each lesson is self-contained.  While the overall training is designed with a flow in mind, you can dive into whatever lesson you want.

Experience B: Simple List of Lessons

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With this experience, it’s pretty straight-forward – it’s a list of lessons down a side-bar, and each page is a lesson.  In fact, that’s why I liked this experience.  It’s very simple, very minimal, and no confusion.  Just pick a day, click and go.   While the upside is simplicity, the potential downside is boring.   That said, boring and functional is fine by me, but I need to hear from more users, on what they prefer.

A few people told me last week that they wanted a more visually appealing site and more interactivity.  Ironically, I had spent a lot of money on the pictures for each page, but it just wasn’t obvious with the original landing page (Experience B above.)

I do think that Experience A does really showcase the images and it does encourage click-through.   I find myself clicking the lessons and exploring a lot more.  I know the novelty wears off, but maybe novelty is all I need if it helps you learn the 30 lessons.