Microsoft Learn training matrix: a guide through the jungle of 3,100 modules

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Ronald van Gils

22 Feb 2022

Microsoft Learn / 2 minutes

Microsoft Learn is a fantastic platform that has really good training for its own products. We recommend many of our clients to complete those sessions. The only thing is that it’s 3,100 modules in 650+ learning paths. Good luck!

So then comes the next question: which training should we do?

To answer that question, we developed a matrix to help our clients find their way. Following lots of positive responses, we decided to make the file available to anyone.

Link: https://bit.ly/AllYourBI-MSLearn-Matrix

Remember: the developments of the Microsoft stack move so fast that the training may show an older version than the tool. The button may be somewhere else, or the screen looks slightly different.

How do you use the MS Learn dashboard?

Top left on the dashboard you can click on the required role, level, and theme. That filters the list of modules to those that are relevant to you. Top right you see how many modules that is and the total duration of all the modules. In the column ”Link” you can click straight to the module in question.

What is the correct sequence of these modules?

There is no exact sequence to follow, except for the modules within a certain theme. We recommend all beginners, irrespective of their role, to start with the theme Azure. For some learning paths there is a sequence, which is evident in names, such as part 1, part 2 etc. Other than that, you determine your own sequence.

How the Training Matrix is set up

The starting point of our selection is to make a good start, it creates a sense of direction in the MS Learn jungle. That doesn’t mean that the other training is irrelevant or not necessary. When elements are missing or if you think we’ve forgotten something, please let us know!

In the matrix we defined three different roles that are relevant to our clients:

  • Azure administrator: manager of the Azure and Power BI environment, responsible for e.g. user management, performance management, and cost management.
  • Data Engineer: responsible for designing, building, and developing the entire data flow.
  • Data Analyst: responsible for developing dashboards, data analysis, and obtaining action-led insights.

The second step was to find a match between the various modules and the level within the three roles. We set up three levels:

  • Beginner: you have little to no experience with Azure or the Microsoft tooling.
  • Intermediate: you have already managed to put the beginner modules into practice.
  • Advanced: you actually don’t need any MS Learn training anymore.

Our level categorisation differs from Microsoft’s. To us the advanced level means that in essence you don’t need MS learn training anymore. That puts 99% of all the modules at beginner or intermediate level.

Kicking down an open door

We wish to emphasise that you’re not finished when you’ve completed a module. You will learn most by putting it into practice. So don’t get stuck on the number of hours spent on the modules themselves. It’s your flight hours that determine your level in the end.

Feedback on the Training Matrix

Our file is a living document. We continue to add and update, and hope to receive your feedback and input. Send it via the contact form or by putting a comment below the blog.

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