Validation session for our DM Team Competency Chart in Halifax

Held the last of our validation sessions for our DM Team Competency Chart in Halifax today. A foggy rainy/snowy Maritime day. But the warmth of the group which gathered at The Hub to give us their comments on the chart eclipsed the dreary weather!

As it turned out, this session included only creators. At every other stop we have had more producers, managers and educators in the mix. At our Halifax session we had, among others, Joel Duggan, a cartoonist, illustrator and podcaster who released his first published work today! (We bought signed copies :-))

The creator perspective on how a DM Team works is essential and integral to the whole. Our Haligonian creators offered up several adjustments to the chart that ensured that perspective. For example, the skill to “Write a proposal” which both creators and business people need on a DM Team should be described more broadly as “Create a proposal”. This change in verb will better reflect the approach to proposals that a creative person might take, while still applying to a business person.  A nuance – but one that enriches the DM Chart to apply to all three “functions” in DM content creation: creation, project management, and business.

Our task now is to compile the comments and critiques from DM workers across the country in a final DM Competency Chart. We have faithfully recorded what we heard and will review all suggested changes with our Expert Advisory Group. They will make the decisions on what gets incorporated into the final chart.

For example, we heard in several sessions that creators, along with project managers and the business people, should be able to “Determine technology needs”. All three functions need this skill. The draft chart associated this skill with the project management and business functions. The final chart will associate it with all three functions. 

What does that all mean? Well…. for example… an educator developing a curriculum for visual artists who want to pursue a career in the DM industry will want to ensure that their students have the ability to “determine technology needs”.

As our focus now shifts to the release of the DM Team Competency Chart and its uses, our CHRC staff are exploring ways to make this valuable tool easy-to-use. Given its complexity, we are looking at an interactive version rather than a print version. Seems to make sense not only in terms of the content, but also in terms of the target users!

We are also developing other related products – more on that in upcoming e-newsletters and future blogs!