What Is Your Three Year Cycle?

November 13, 2014

A few months ago I did a CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Session for a company whose products are on a three year update cycle. There are a variety of training materials from books to DVDs to live training presentations. Within those materials are a lot of graphics.

Once a cycle is complete, they look for ways that they can improve the materials for the next cycle. With the information they provided, I helped them put together a list of changes to implement. Recently they contacted me about some more improvements and we’ll put together more plans to cover those changes.

Maybe your cycle is much short and maybe it is much longer. It could also be that you never update any of your designs. No matter what you are doing, it is still good to look back at previous projects and put together a plan for how you can make improvements going forward. Those improvements could be ways to have a better design or they could be methods for getting things done quicker. In all likelihood, it is some combination of both.

If you haven’t done anything in a while to update your designs or process, plan some time in the near future to give everything a good long look. You may find that you are doing a great job already and very few changes are needed. Or you could come up with some tweaks that will benefit you and your clients greatly. Until you take time to give it a look, you might never know.

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