T&D: Structured On-the-Job Training


I see that yet again some of my former colleagues have reworked some of my old writings, this time on OJT – On-the-Job-Training – in a recent article that they’ve published.

They don’t seem to ever have any original ideas.


The concept of OJT has been around for a long time. I started using it in 1981 in my first CAD – Curriculum Architecture Design effort while I was at Motorola.

My second use of it was in my 2nd CAD effort which was my first CAD effort as an external consultant on a project for Exxon Exploration USA in 1982.

Graphic from a 2007 Blog Post


Another Graphic from that 2007 Blog Post…


I have used the 3 types of Delivery Modes (Self-Paced, Coached and Group-Paced) since 1982. The specific Media choices came later. Those 3 represented increasing “Costs to Deploy” and increasing “Delivery Timing Inflexibility” – as we tried to keep everything in the CAD at the lowest cost and most flexible.

From a Blog Post in 2009 about a Curriculum Architecture Design from 1982…


This 1982 CAD effort was 100% Structured OJT Modules – as that gave the client (field operations) total control for the timing of the delivery. The T&D “Blueprint” was very faded when I took a photo of it in the late 1990s – as it was originally produced on Blueprint paper – as was our habit back in the early and mid 1980s.

Coach and Learner/Performer Guides for Structured OJT

This post from 2008 overviewed the possible structure of the ISD deliverables for the S-OJT mode of deployment:


Structured OJT

Is covered extensively in my 1999 book, lean-ISD.


In 2007 I made “lean-ISD” available as a free PDF – as well as a Kindle and Paperback. Please go here – for more info.

I So Dislike It When Somebody Tries to Present Other People’s Work As Their Own


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2 comments on “T&D: Structured On-the-Job Training

  1. Pingback: T&D: My Use of the Phrase “Structured OJT” Goes Way Back | EPPIC - Pursuing Performance

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