T&D: Will Thalheimer’s Post: 19 of the Most Popular Blog Posts in the Learning Field

I Was Happy To Have One of My Posts Included

From Will’s Post:

What do our most popular blog posts say about our field—the learning field?

A few months ago (in the last half of 2018), I reached out to bloggers in the learning field to find out. This blog post includes the numbers, wit, and wisdom from these bloggers. In addition to me, there are 18 other bloggers who generously shared their most popular blog posts.

My Post:

The Big 5 in Human Personality Assessments: CANOE



19 Posts From the Following Bloggers

Will Thalheimer

Mike Taylor

Andrew Jacobs

Jo Cook

Ryan Tracey

Wilfred Rubens

Julie Drybrough

Neil Von Heupt

Brett Christensen

Dennis Callahan

Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirschner

Christy Tucker

Donald H Taylor

Matt Guyan

Guy Wallace

Connie Malamed

Christopher Pappas

Michelle Ockers

Tracy Schiffmann

See Will’s Post


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HPT Video Matinee with Geary A. Rummler

HPT Video Practitioner: The Late Geary A. Rummler

This video was shot in 2008. It is 5:33 minutes in length.

This Video Matinee Series will be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the duration of 2019.

The HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series was started by Guy W. Wallace in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia.

HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement. As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level and at the level of Society/World.

HPT Practitioners operate at all of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.

ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.


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T&D: After Defining the Target Audience Capture Their Performance Requirements

I’ve Been Using a Performance Model Format Since 1979

It’s a derivative of a Rummler & Gilbert Performance Table from the 1970s.

Why I like it and why I have used it on every ISD project since 1979 – over 300 or so projects – is that it makes it super easy for my clients to see where any Instructional effort might be headed.

So they can affirm or redirect as they see needed.

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Not every Task-set and Output needs Formal Training or Instruction via Performance Support.

That’s a Business Decision – not an ISD Decision IMO.

I set up my PACT Processes for ISD to enable the client and key stakeholders to make those Business Decisions in a timely manner.


Click on the image above for a free 410-page PDF of lean-ISD.

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T&D: PACT Processes Overview 2019

A New PowerPoint Show

A Phase by Phase review of my PACT Processes for T&D, Learning and Knowledge Management – including Curriculum Architecture Design and my version of ADDIE, Modular Curriculum Development/Acquisition.


For a DIY Walk-thru – download the following:

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Early Versions of Some Elements of the Methodology

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.

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.

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T&D: Form Follows Function and Artistry Follows Engineering IMO

I’ve Heard the Debate For 4 Decades Now

ISD – Instructional Systems Design – is either an Art – or a Science. Of course, as with most things, it’s a blend. Great ISDers balance both.

Note – I have always preferred the term ISD to ID as I prefer people who think about – if not work on – Instruction as a System. Not just a one-off.


Project Planning, Analysis and Design should be more Engineering than Art.

But they should be both.


Development should be more Art than Engineering.

But it should be both.


Pilot Testing and Revisions & Release should be more Engineering than Art.

But they should be both.


Finding that balance is sometimes tricky.

And for some – they’re like one-way streets. Not everyone can bat from both sides of the plate. Figure out what side of the plate you swing from. Ask others for their thoughts about yourself.

Figure out what you are best at. And appreciate those who bring “the other aspect” to the table. It takes a blend.

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