Training isn’t appropriate or possible in every situation. Often, a job aid such as a checklist can be the best option. Sometimes a job aid can even save lives.
An effective job aid might be able to replace the need for actually training someone. At the very least, it can be distributed as part of a training to help people remember a rule or how to do something new. Drawing inspiration from “job aids” we see every day when we walk around can make our job designing effective job aids easier.
Job aids can be an essential tool used to follow up a training program and to help learners put new skills or practices into action. However, if the learner hasn’t mastered how to use the job aid, you may need to supplement the job aid with some samples.
If the job aid is good enough, you may not need training. Last weekend I saw a job aid that was quite good enough.