Article: Performance Architecture


With the rise of social media, we should be alarmed at the excessive amount of information that’s available to us. With so much information available, training departments struggle to discover needed knowledge. which adds to the cost of learning solutions. Curation has become the buzz as training departments rethink how they operate. Enter Roger Addison and Mark Johnson with Performance Architecture!

In this short and highly relevant article, Addison and Johnson raise the alarm and challenge us to think beyond traditional training by adopting what they call Performance Architecture.

Until recently, the field of training has traditionally been practiced as a separate and distinct discipline, apart from other business activities. But a paradigm change is emerging within the field that takes a more integrated, business-oriented, and performance-based approach to training challenges. This approach, called Performance Architecture, is a melding of the disciplines of Human Performance Technology and Information Design. It delivers the performance solutions required by businesses today, with an eye on the benefits and results.

Pointedly stated:

…learning as a process versus a stand-alone product, and evaluating success in terms of the essential information communicated, and more importantly, of the benefits and results produced. These benefits and results should include a significant decrease in time spent off the job, low-cost training alternatives and overall increased productivity. Performance Architecture considers the lessons learned from the failures of traditional training principles and builds anew from these failures.

Using straight-forward nontechnical language, Addison and Johnson explain the relevance of Human Performance Technology and share important models to help us rethink how we help employees strengthen their performance.

Models Discussed

  • The Business Pyramid
  • The Performance Map
  • The Information Architecture Process


The Performance Architecture article is well worth your time spent studying and reflecting upon what Addison and Johnson share.

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