A Learning Architecture – Linked to a Performance Architecture

1994 QRM Book Cover

In 1994 my 2 business partners, Ray Svenson and Karen Kennedy (Wallace) and I published our book/ my first book: The Quality Roadmap – as our consultant’s view of the blend of Human Performance Technology (HPT) and Total Quality Management (TQM). Today it would be HPT and lean-SixSigma. In that book we offered our view of the Architecture of Performance – see page 6 – the first page of chapter 1.

I am in the Training business, which has many other names/ labels. My work for clients has always been in high Risk/Reward areas, and their targeted people achieving targeted learning objectives that were obviously DRIVEN by Performance objectives/requirements – that it made sense to get behind this effort and give more “full support” than most Learning/Training efforts receive.

One of the secrets I believe is to make your links between learning and performing VISIBLE.

The real issue is scalability. From one task-set – to the Enterprise requires really having your data-thing organized well – or you will simply swamp yourselves. How to manage your data is a Big Deal.

I use the term “Architecture” – and have been since the article in Training Magazine in September 1984 on Curriculum Architecture Design via a Group Process that I co-authored with my partners and staff at Svenson & Wallace Inc back in 1983 (publishing cycles were very long back then) – and I use that term “Architecture” in a scalable manner. In a data logic manner. For me – it’s all about the data.

This is my: LEARNING ARCHITECTURE – for an Enterprise Learning Context – via the PACT Data Logic…

Here is my PERFORMANCE ARCHITECTURE via the Big Picture of EPPI…

They meet/intersect in the Performance Modeling and Enabler areas.

I published a series of articles/columns with Business Process Trends 2005-2007 on the EPPI methods…

And those are currently being refreshed and published at PROVEN…


I’ve seen architectures in name only – that were shallow. Real architecture is concerned with large and small. Massive buildings and the tensile strength of these bolts. Lighting, air handling, and the ease of coming and going of everyone and everything (are you going to replace that heating system someday – and is the current design robust to likely future changes in space, power, other connectivity, etc.???). Architecture is concerned with the entirety of that.

Which is pretty cool. Other than that you’ve really got to be a math wiz. And I am not. So I only stayed in the Architecture program at Kansas one semester, in the fall of 1970. Then into Radio-TV-Film. And the Navy. And back to Radio-TV-Film. And that led to Training in a Lumber/Building Supplies Company. And that led me back into Architecture.

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