L&D: Support the Supervisor in Supporting the learner/Performer

With a Development Path/Map

And an Individual Planning Guide – to customize the plan to the individual’s needs.

One size does not fit all.


The Individual Planning Guide

Is meant to adapt the Path/Map to the Needs of the Individual – due to the different job tasks to be assigned, and the incoming knowledge/skills based on prior education and experience.


I’ve Been Doing These Since 1982

And I presented on the “Path” concept first in 1984 – at the Chicago Chapter of NSPI (now ISPI). And then I presented it again, nationally, at the NSPI Conference in 1985.


The concept is that there is a total, Enterprise Curriculum, and that Paths are “down-selects” from that total collection – put into a suggested sequence – rather than the Course Catalog of that time with no guidance as what to take first, second, third, etc.

The “suggested sequence” is suggested by the Master Performers from the Target Audience when they served on the Design Team – per my typical/default methodology of using a Facilitated Group Process – for both Analysis and Design.

Here Is a Path Example From 1986 – Updated in 1989

Several upfront Events (Modules) were taken even before developing a Training Plan – to help the individual get a better feel of what their job was really and what specific “Product Team Calendar” events and activities that they needed to get ready for.

As this Path was for Product Planners/Managers in 5 SBUs – and the job held one to eight different components – there was tremendous variability in the first job assignments within the 1100 members of the Target Audience – it was necessary to provide for adaptation of that suggested sequence. There was no “One Path.”


On of the modular Events (Module) from that Path assisted in preparing to Develop Your Plan…


The Path include Formal Training in 4 modes:

  • Group-Paced
  • Self-Paced (Readings, videos, CBT)
  • Structured OJT (Structured On-the-Job Training coached by the Boss or a Peer)
  • Unstructured OJT (only a title was provided)

Unstructured OJT is now currently known as Informal Learning (the 70 – in the flipped version 10-20-70 of the 70-20-10 Reference Model).


The 12 Minute Video Provided an Advanced Organizer


Here is that video:


2 Past Posts on This One Project

An On-Boarding Story – Ramping Up a New Product Manager

Graphics and Models for Advanced Organizers for Preparing Learners for Learnings

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