Coaching Overview



At Nine Dot Connects, we know that one’s learning style along with the toils of the job requires more than a “one size fits all” approach to gaining knowledge. Therefore, we offer both training and coaching. Which one is best for you? Take a look below for more information:

“Coaching” is a service in which the user purchases a block of hours (a minimum of 10). The hours are used in 2-hour blocks, and the sessions are arranged between the customer and Nine Dot Connects. The topic(s) is up to the customer, although it is best to provide a wish list to ensure that the design coach best suited for instruction is provided. Though these hours are primarily for the purpose of one-on-one training, the user may have one other colleague attend the session (i.e. via their own computer or by reserving a conference room at their company facility.) All of the coaching sessions are performed online using GoToMeeting.

Pros:
  • Optimal for “learn on the go” engineers who have to learn the tool and complete the project at the same time
  • Time flexibility - the coaching sessions are set up to the customer’s hours of availability
  • No travel required or expenses incurred
  • Detailed insight into the tool's usage and capabilities that is not always provided during a formal group training
  • Can use purchased hours over a 12-month period

Cons:
  • No PowerPoint slides, reference materials or exercises. All of it is demonstrated as necessary.

“Training” is a service that the user purchases to attend a class that has a designated time and meeting place. It will have a structure or outline of topics. There are generally more than 8 individuals in the class. Most classes last between 2-3 full days, depending on the subject matter. The class may be held online or in a classroom. In many cases, there may be PowerPoint slides, a reference manual, and exercises. The training may provide all of the software tools and workstations necessary for the individual to attend.

Pros:
  • The outline is known and the structure is defined
  • Allows user to focus on the training
  • Tool ramp up time shortened

Cons:
  • Requires several days that may impact work schedules
  • May require travel and incur expenses
  • Many of the topics may not be applicable or of interest
  • Drinking from the fire hose if new to the tool

Still not sure which is the best way to go? Here are some thought provoking questions to consider:

  • Are you unable or unwilling to spend a week out-of-office in an 8-hour a day training class?
  • Are you proficient with Altium Designer, but wish to dig deep on a particular capability?
  • Are you looking for that middle ground between self-study and formal training?
  • Are you looking for expert guidance as you work your way through your design project?
  • Are you trying to balance a tight schedule while trying to bridge knowledge gaps?
  • Are you in need of help integrating Altium with a particular revision, process, and release control structure?
  • Are you finding the need to make a significant jump in the complexity of your high-speed digital design skills and looking for help in ramping quickly?
  • Are you struggling with installation, configuration, standardization, or methodology questions and decisions?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you will benefit from our individualized coaching service which allows you the control to schedule sessions as they fit your time constraints while focusing on the areas that you would like to learn more about. All of our coaching staff regularly engages in design projects, so they are expert trainers as well as designers.


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“Having one-on-one coaching with Dan has been invaluable, as it gives me a ‘seasoned veteran’ I can call on to provide a well-rounded picture of design and tool usage. The first few hours alone answered a backlog of questions that built up over 6 months, and gave me insight into best practices moving forward.”

Colin O'Flynn - CTO
NewAE Technology Inc.


"The process of learning new software is similar to learning a new language. Without a teacher and guidance, a potential student is destined for feelings of defeat and eventual failure. Recently, I became a new Altium user. I played around with the program, but could not master it in a way that I felt confident in its use. I decided to invest in coaching offered through Nine Dot Connects. The instructor named Paul Taubman is a professional teacher who has helped me significantly build my skill level. At the start of each session we discuss goals, and then quickly got to work. At the end of each session, I feel like I leaned as much in an hour or two as what would have otherwise taken me a week. The sessions have allowed me to take an idea from my head and turn it into a product at a pace that I never thought possible."

Andrew Quinlan - Sr. Electronics Engineer
Packers Plus Energy Services