When did you last do a learning needs analysis?

What is a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) and when/why do you need one?

There are a few terms in our business that lend so much mystery and specialness to what is in effect the very simple business of developing people, ‘doing an LNA’ is one of them! It’s really simple when you break it down, though and conducting a Learning Needs Analysis is the start point to any effective learning and development strategy.

Put simply, a LNA is a way of
a) identifying the skills and knowledge needed to meet your business goals and
b) identifying any gaps in that knowledge or skill set that the people in your business might have. A LNA aims to answer three questions:
1. What does your business need?
2. What can your people do?
3. Where are the gaps?

by Lesley Aitcheson, ago