Trainer's Joy

Course design for professional trainers just got easier

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I am a professional trainer myself, giving courses about software engineering methods. I always found it difficult to get from raw information to a teachable and understandable course material. So, I wrote a SaaS for it!

October 23, 2020 Preparing to shut down the product

I learnt that Trainer's Joy solves a problem that seems to be too rare. A trainer will not redesign their trainings often enough that this product will help them. I will now try to make a product that solves a problem that occurs daily. Next experiment: Putting up a landing page for "Yes but not for long", then see how many sign-ups and customer interviews I will get.

August 7, 2020 Added a discussion forum to spark a community

Yesterday and today, I set up a discussion forum for the audience I found the days before. My idea is to found a community around the subject of instructional design work (because design is bringing order into chaos; that is always hard and Trainer's Joy will help people with that). Currently, I'm the only one in that community. :-) Let's see how that will change in the future.

August 5, 2020 Found initial audience and more!

The last two days, I researched my audience on the Internet. In my mind, I previously used to call them "professional trainers", i.e. people who give trainings, doing everything by themselves: from the idea for a new training until the training can be delivered. Hence, the product name is "trainer's joy".

However, during the research I learned that this process is usually called "instructional systems design" and that there are specialists called "instructional designers". OK, one more persona for this product.

And I learned that there are "teachers" at schools and universities who could also benefit from this product.

And I learned that in the e-learning space, there are "e-learning authors" who might benefit from the final output of Trainer's Joy!

Wow, suddenly I have 4 personas instead of one ... amazing!

July 27, 2020 Joined Indie Hackers

I read the book "From Zero to Sold" by @arvidkahl and watched one of his YouTube videos. I also found @rosiesherry on Twitter.

Both of these lovely people inspired me to join Indie Hackers because I think that creating something together with other folks is much more fun and gives me some accountability, too.

July 22, 2020 Website with explainer video is now live

A website with the first two pages ("home" and "how it works") went live. I created a doodle explainer video to allow visitors to understand what Trainer's Joy can do for them.

I put the site live and informed the Google search engine about it. (Build it and they will come? Possibly not!)

June 13, 2020 Invited some friends

To get some feedback, I invited a few friends to try Trainer's Joy. Got the first sign-ups this way.

The system seems to be stable. However, feedback is few -> I need more trainers who try the app for their own training projects and who really are determined to finish it.

June 11, 2020 Finished MVP

I wrote the backend in Java and connected it to a PostgreSQL database. I wrote the frontend in Typescript and React. Then, I deployed it on Heroku and AWS.

Using the MVP, a trainer can...

  • sign up
  • bring their raw material into a first structure
  • extract the relevant concepts they want to teach
  • get an overview where each concept is being used in the raw material
February 1, 2020 Got the idea

As a professional trainer for software engineering methods, I always struggled to build a teachable course that my learners will understand, starting from the raw, unstructured information that I have.

So, I thought, why not write a SaaS for it? I sat down and started to get my hands dirty.

The basic idea is: A trainer has raw material. Help them to...

  • bring the raw material into a first structure
  • extract the relevant concepts
  • turn concepts into teachable elements
  • build course modules and units from the elements
  • (maybe) upload the course units into an online learning system

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I am a professional trainer myself, giving courses about software engineering methods. I always found it difficult to get from raw information to a teachable and understandable course material. So, I wrote a SaaS for it!