Get Double Productivity from the Classroom: Master the Art of 'Speed-Learning' Popular Courses Such As BW, APO, CRM, and More!

  • by Kurt Goldsmith, Senior Business Consultant, Enowa Consulting
  • May 15, 2001
Whether taking a training class or reading a book on most SAP software application products, what at first glance might seem to be new and complex is oftentimes based on something familiar. Newer SAP products such as BW data warehouse, APO, and CRM are no exception. This article uses the mySAP BW module to illustrate a "speed-learning" technique that can apply to any SAP software. The technique is based strictly on the human need during learning to mentally connect "new" terminology and concepts to "old" terminology and concepts. The goal is not to eliminate the need for formal training, but rather to double the learning productivity that we experience from our formal training. This article demonstrates one way to do that.

Whether taking a training class or reading a book on most SAP software application products, what at first glance might seem to be new and complex is oftentimes based on something familiar.

Newer SAP products such as BW data warehouse, APO, and CRM are no exception. I’ve sat in on both the BW205 and BW210 classes twice — once in the US and once in Australia — and witnessed eager and willing students develop feelings of information overload as more and more material was presented. As a result, the overall learning productivity experienced in the classroom for them was about half of what a small percentage of “know-the-game” students enjoyed — students who entered the classroom with a specific mission. Students who have mastered the art form of learning software-related topics in a hurry.

Kurt Goldsmith

Kurt Goldsmith is a senior business consultant for Enowa Consulting, specializing in the diagnosis and resolution of productivity-related integration issues between a company’s division of labor (end users, managers, executives) and SAP software (R/3, BW, APO, CRM). He also has a lifetime performance record of one win and two third-place finishes from five career starts as a thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

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