ISD/LXD Project Planning & Leveraging Teams

People newer to the ISD-LXD profession might be led to think that the use of teams – per Agile and Design Thinking and their many cousins – is new and different. And while it might be different than how most ISDers and some newer LXDers conducted their projects – it is certainly not new.

This is just another example of WOINA, and me, now, Whining about WOINA.

WOINA – What’s Old Is New Again

In my firm’s Quarterly Newsletter in the Summer of 1999, I published 2 articles related to Project Planning and Management of ISD efforts that would hold true for LXD efforts today.

2 secrets to the success I’ve had as an ISD Consultant since 1982 – other than always having a Performance Orientation of course – were due to:

  • Detailed Planning
  • Leveraging Teams of Master Performers and Other Subject Matter Experts

And I also addressed my use of teams – which went back to one of my very first efforts way back in 1979.

You can see that Newsletter – here.

Several Articles

Performance-Based Curriculum Architecture Design via a Facilitated Group Process – 6 page PDF– published in Training Magazine in September 1984. –This was the first publication about Curriculum Architecture Design. Plus – the original manuscript (30 pages) – How to Build a Training Structure That Won’t Keep Burning Down.

Models and Matrices – 5 page PDF, published in NSPI’s (ISPI’s) Performance & Instruction Journal, November 1984 – This was the first publication of the Performance and Enabler Analysis methods for ISD using a Facilitated Group Process that I have been using since 1979 and as an ISD consultant starting in 1982.

The Detailed Project Plan – GWW – 1992 – 4 page PDF – originally published in the Svenson & Wallace, Inc. newsletter: Management Update – in the Summer of 1992.

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.

Also, see my 1986 Chicago NSPI (now ISPI) newsletter article on “Project Management Techniques for T&D” here:

Proj Mgmt – CNSPI -1986 – 9 page PDF – originally published in the Chicago Chapter of NSPI (ISPI) Newsletter in December 1986 – on my Project Management Techniques … for Project Definition, Project Planning and Project Communications.


I certainly learned from the past practices – and adopted and adapted almost everything I have been doing as an ISD Practitioner. I try to credit these origins as best as I can. If you are wondering where something I write about came from, what the genesis was for me, ask me. I can probably come up with one or many sources for them all.


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