First steps in Instructional Design!
As every project, organization, and ID team are different, so are the costs associated with the projects being developed. Thankfully there are resources available so we don’t have to develop a budget according to Dilbert’s style above! You can find useful resources online that can help give a ROM estimate (Rough Order of Magnitude/Ballpark figure) or to help estimate the number of hours that will be required to create a project “based on a general sense of the type of work the project will likely entail” (Portny, Mantel, Meredith, Shafer, Sutton, & Kramer, 2008, p. 126). These links will be helpful not only to the project we are working on in class, but in our later work doing project management in an instructional design setting.
The first website is a treasure trove of information related to budgeting estimation guidelines, estimating development hours, and time to create interactive instruction, just to name a few. Many of the resources on this page are directly related to Instructional Design and the management, budgeting, and resource allocation needs of someone creating synchronous, asynchronous, or face-to-face learning. It also offers helpful ways to save money on production costs such as using free Creative Commons-licensed photos from flickr™ or using a free program such as Audacity™ to record audio content.
The second link I found helpful comes from the American Society for Training and Development, the ASTD. In addition to the entire website being focused on ID and training, there was a helpful article entitled Time to Develop One Hour of Training by Karl Kapp and Robyn Defelice. In it, they give another perspective, in addition to Don Clark’s site and link above, on the amount of hours needed to develop face-to-face, self-led instruction, or web-based training. They give a high and low estimate, also in comparison to data gathered back in 2003. They also discuss why the development hours have increased in most areas since 2003, and offer hints as to how to bring down these hours to a reasonable amount. This link serves as another helpful guide when estimating project scope and timeline.
While estimating work hours and budgets can be a daunting task, thankfully there are many resources available online to help guide an ID or PM in the right direction. Using these tools is helpful in getting your project started on the right foot.
Portny, S. E., Mantel, S. J., Meredith, J. R., Shafer, S. M., Sutton, M. M., & Kramer, B. E. (2008). Project management: Planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.