T&D: Revisiting My 1985 NSPI Presentation on Curriculum Architecture Design

When I did this presentation in April 1985 I had completed 10 CAD efforts as a consultant since November 1982 – and I had done 1 back at Motorola when I was an employee in the spring and summer of 1982 for Manufacturing Supervisors.

My current total is now 76 CAD efforts as a consultant – plus that 1 back at Motorola.


In 1982 I was conducting Performance and Enabling Knowledge/Skills Analysis and then Designing a Curriculum Architecture and T&D Paths – as many CAD efforts were targeted at multiple but related Job Titles where content could be shared “as is” or “after modification.”

By the late 1980s I had formalized the methods as I was training my consulting firm’s staff … and the staff of several of my clients in “How To” conduct CAD efforts by themselves.

I wanted/needed consistency between efforts and predictability of time burdens, cycle times and costs – as well as quality of output – which is measured via Performance Metrics back on the job post-T&D.


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The PowerPoint Show

Guy W. Wallace’s 1985 NSPI (ISPI) Presentation on CAD

The PDF from 1985

CAD – NSPI – 1985 – 21 page PDF – this is the first national presentation on the Curriculum Architecture Design methodology which Guy Wallace delivered at the NSPI Conference on April 24, 1985 (the 1st presentation of this was done for the Chicago Chapter of NSPI the previous fall).

The 2019 PACT Processes Phase By Phase Review PowerPoint Show

Including CAD…

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CAD Resources

CAD – Training Mag – 1984 – 6 page PDF – the first publication about Curriculum Architecture Design via a Facilitated Group Process – published in Training Magazine in September 1984. Original manuscript (30 pages) – How to Build a Training Structure That Won’t Keep Burning Down.

Models and Matrices- NSPI PIJ -1984 – 5 page PDF – the first publication of the performance and enabler analysis methods for ISD using a Facilitated Group Process, from NSPI’s (ISPI’s) Performance & Instruction Journal, November 1984.

Perf Modeling & Enabler Analysis – HR-Com – 2003 – 17 page PDF – an online publication at HR.Com in 2003 covering the analysis of both Performance Competence Requirements and the Enablers – part of my ISD (PACT) and Performance Improvement (EPPI) methods.

CAD – ASTD – 2004 – 5 page PDF – an overview of when to do a Curriculum Architecture Design effort, the outputs of the effort by phase, and the 4 phases of a Curriculum Architecture design effort, published in ASTD’s Links in 2004.

Modeling Mastery Performance and Systematically Deriving the Enablers for Performance Improvement– by Guy W. Wallace, CPT – Chapter 11 of the Handbook of Human Performance Technology – 3rd Edition – 2006.  This methodology was first published in this 1984 article in ISPI’s (then NSPI’s) PIJ in November 1984.

Performance-based ISD – ISPI PX 12-part Series – 2007 – 122 page PDF – an update in 12-parts to my 1999 book: lean-ISD – which covers my ISD methods: The PACT Processes for T&D, Learning and Knowledge Management. Published in ISPI’s PerformanceExpress during the 12 months of 2007.




Note: the cover design for “lean-ISD” was created by the late Geary A. Rummler.

Note: Guy W. Wallace’s book “lean-ISD” – was a recipient of a 2002 Award of Excellence for Instructional Communication from the International Society for Performance Improvement.

lean-ISD is also available as a $16 paperback book – and $7.50 as a Kindle – for more information and/or to order – please go – here.

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