A second idea presented in Gary’s article (article here – first blog here) is that of being able to connect the dots from a number of different experiences. The article uses this image to show the relationship of many different milestone activities of a fictitious ‘Lucy’. It posits how data collection can be used to provide a better understanding of someone’s experiences.
Great idea, but there are a few elements to this model that are lacking.
- It is only based on what someone does, not what they contributed or learned from the doing.
- It is only based on a current starting point moving forward. What about the years of previous experiences?
- It does not compile who mat have also been involved in these activities, nor the impact on the person these other players may have been.
I will address all of these points in further detail in 2017, but for now Gary’s article will get many people thinking in many new ways about how we gather information, connect information and present information about someone’s life experiences.
On this same theme, Michelle Weise presents a different approach in her HBR article, We need a better way to visualize people skills. She proposes using a GitHub method used in the world of coders. The image below tracking the when and how much time someone is using the portal to write, edit or manipulate code for multiple work projects over a year.
I tried to imagine how this might look for a teacher over a ten-year period. Imaging if it could capture teaching time, tutoring time, student achievement, course development time, committee time, extra curricular time (sports, drama etc.)? Then run all this data through a 3D GitHub type of visualization – or even better – something like the first article that can also show all the connections to each other as well as other people? WOW!
A few years ago I messed about with an infographic resume. Here is a section where I tried to show courses developed, courses taught and teaching hours for six different segments.
Below is an image where I tried to visualize the extent of my overseas experience. I differentiated between business travel (top list) and where I had actually worked and lived (bottom). (You can tell it is a few years old as both Mexico and KSA are missing)
This last crude image is what I think both the articles are actually trying achieve. A way to provide a person with a way to present some aspect (or all aspects) of their life in some form of image that can give a 3rd party a deeper understanding of who they are and what they can contribute to an organization.
You will see years along the ‘life long learning’ axis. This represents the number of years I have been involved with that ‘subject’. Colour represents level of expertise and also implies depth of understanding. This is obviously a ‘quick glance’ graphic. The more time you spend on it the more you will get to know me – even before we meet.
I am in no way proposing there is ONE BEST WAY to visualize a person’s experiences and expertise. Nut I am in complete agreement with both Goldon & Weise when they are advocating for something so much better than the basic resume.
What are your thoughts on the subject?