T&D/PI: The Facilitated Group Process

For Accelerated Authenticity in ISD

I’ve been using the FGP – Facilitated Group Process to accelerate Instructional Analysis, Design and Development since 1979.

Why? I try to quickly explain in this short video below. The video is 90 seconds in length.

I’ve covered this previously in articles (two in 1984) and in newsletters and Blog Posts. Here are 3 resources going waaaaaaay back … and 1 that is more recent…

Three Articles & A Blog Post

From 1984

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 – here. Original manuscript (30 pages) – How to Build a Training Structure That Won’t Keep Burning Down – here.

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 – here.

A 1999 Article About 1979

Teaming for T&D – GWW 1999 – 5 page PDF – on my story of inadvertently creating a team – out of frustration with too many revision cycles for a video script I was writing –  for training development back in 1979 – and liking the approach for using a Group Process to shorten cycle times and improve the quality of the output – here.

One of Many Blog Posts

And in a more recent Blog Post from 2019 – here.


The FGP Facilitator in the PACT Processes

The PACT Processes require a skillful facilitator to drive team processes and to conduct project gate review meetings. Without good facilitation skills, the PACT Processes just will not work smoothly, effectively, or efficiently. And yet the style of facilitation I’ve found to be most successful for the PACT Processes is different than “traditional” facilitation.

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The key difference between the facilitation for the PACT Processes for T&D and most other types of group process facilitation is the amount of involvement and energy put forth by PACT Process facilitators. PACT Process facilitators are more proactive than reactive. They must guide the process from the driver’s seat and make things happen, rather than provide reflections from the back seat as the group meanders or drives itself. The facilitators are in control of the process that involves the group; they are not bystanders.


The style of facilitation required for the PACT Processes is not the more typical laid-back style of “sideline process coaching.” It is proactive, deliberate, driven, and leading (where appropriate). In the PACT Processes for T&D, the facilitators own the process, while the team being facilitated owns the content. That’s why each party is on the payroll and in the room that particular day.

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Developing PACT Facilitators

I first was asked to training others in this approach – facilitating teams of handpicked Master Performers – by a client in 1983. I’ve since then developed hundreds of my own staff, and my clients’ staffs – in the FGP for Instructional Analysis, Design and Development.

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