Content in SelfGuide

This article is from before the rebranding to SelfGuide. Text and images can include the old product name ProductivityPerformer or its abbreviation PP.

SelfGuide contains several types of content, all with the purpose too help users to learn and be more self sufficient. In this article the available content types are explained.


  • Instruction: A step by step description of activities within a business applications
  • User Guide: A set of related Instructions, organized and ordered in chapters enriched with context information
  • Training: A set of Instructions organized in modules, enriched with context information and supporting files


Instructions are the base component within SelfGuide, used to demonstrate a serie of steps within a business application to reach a certain goal. Each step shows the details of a single activity required to reach the goal. A user can use the Instruction and follow the steps to learn, as guidance and as a reference.

All Instructions are created according to a uniform structure, to gain intuitive and easy to use materials without the need for an end-user to learn how to use the material. An Instruction contains one or several steps, each step is build up of:

  • A title: the title contains the goal of the step, for example press a button, open an application, add content to an input box, etc.
  • An image: the image shows the user how the screen should look at the start of the step
  • The action: the action which needs to be performed and where it needs to be performed. For example press a key, press a mouse, etc.
  • Context information: additional information with several purposes, like explanation, guidance, reference, etc.

User guide

Related Instructions, for example about a process or application, can be organized in a User guide. A user guide structures the related Instructions in chapters and within a chapter, Instructions are ordered. Chapters can contain an introduction, in text or image, to add context information about the Instructions. By creating User guides, large sets of Instructions (100+) are combined in a digital book about a specific subject. The usage of User guides gives end-users the ability to easily use related Instructions to reach a larger goal.


A training does look like a User Guide and is used to organize Instructions. The goal of the training is to enable end-users to learn about a specific subject by reading and practicing. Each training consists of one ore several modules, each with a specific focus. The module contains all Instructions and additional information to share the needed knowledge. Files can be added to demonstrate the subject or share practice material.

Some examples for training usage:

  • Onboarding: combine Instructions with required knowledge to get a new employee on speed
  • Application upgrades: inform end-users about new and change functionality within an application
  • Applicatie implementations: train employees and share reference material when a new application is introduced