Communications Shift LO20637

Swan, Steve R. SETA CONTR (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 08:45:37 -0500

A simple yet interesting problem has surfaced in a project I am doing.
The task is: provide an analysis of a current training strategy matrix.
This matrix was designed and developed after much good work by others. In
identifying the essential information elements that a user would need have
available to implement part or all of this strategy, it was evident what
two of these elements must be. One is the frequency of the training
activity (or practice) needed to maintain overall proficiency in the
activity. The other the interval or how much time can elapse between
practices and still maintain proficiency. Makes sense. For a reason that
can not be determined clearly, frequency became a pure number and interval
became a characterization of when the event occurs. Example: Conduct
decision making (activity) - "4/quarterly."

I am trying to convince the owners of the strategy that what is written
means to the casual user is do this thing (activity) four times in a 3
month time span.

The notion of maximum time permitted to prevent or fight of knowledge or
ability decay is a valid one. What the authors want to have interpreted
from the above example is: do this thing four times with in a year, and
make sure each time is no more than 3 months apart. Precision tells me we
should be able to say no more than 90 days. But even the 3 month level of
precision lets us know that it should have no more than 3 months between
and that you shouldn't execute one practice at the end of one quarter then
again at the beginning of the next. That would not be, by implication, not
a efficient use of resources.

I hope I am making sense. The question posed is: does the intent versus
the written word create knowledge indifference (or the tendency toward
ignorance- an emerging topic here)?

Making sense?

Stephen R. Swan
Force XXI Program Analyst
AB Technologies
Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121
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