T&D: 3 Secret Sauces for Developing Authentic Performance-Based T&D

Based on an Exchange on LinkedIn Just the Other Day

The Secret Sauces that I’ve found, going back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, include:

  1. being focused on terminal performance (outputs, tasks and measures for both) and
  2. using a Facilitated Group Process (FGP) for Analysis, Design and Development
  3. with Master Performers and perhaps Other SMEs, Supervisors, and sometimes Novice Performers.


Novice Performers – who would really be ideal for determining what’s too “easy peasy/mickey mouse” or “just difficult enough” as a starting point for ramping up to authentic complexity in Application Exercises – and what a progression would look like/include going to the next levels of:

  • “more difficult”
  • “darn difficult”
  • and ultimately “From Hades”


Here’s a Blog Post from last year on ramping up to complex performance capability development – here.


Here are two article PDFs from 1984 that describe the FGP for Analysis and Design:

When you do Analysis & Design & Development with Master Performers – they’ll keep you real – and Novice Performers will keep you more reasonable.

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There are many more free resources – and links to books for sale – on my site regarding the FGP and analysis. The Free Resources include audio podcasts and videos, and article PDFs and presentation PowerPoint Show.

Check out the Resource Tab – but be careful about falling into the proverbial rabbit hole. :)

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