Monday, December 07, 2009

2.5.1 = 10 on 10

I think this is really clever and extremely effective. Ingenious and intuitive are other words that come to my mind. The 2-5-1 method of storytelling. An idea from the Singapore Armed Forces' Learning and Development team. I give it a 10 on 10 = 2*5*1 :-)


  • 2
    • Who you are
    • Summary of your experience
  • 5 fingers
    • Little finger – what parts of the effort did not get enough attention
    • Ring finger – What relationships were formed, what you learned about relationship building
    • Middle finger – what you disliked, what/who made you frustrated
    • Pointer finger – what you would do better next time around, what you want to tell those who were “in charge” about what they could do better
    • Thumb (up) – what went well. What was good.
  • 1 – the most important takeaway from the effort


niranjani said...

Sorry, couldn't get it. Is this a structure for story telling? If so how would one phrase a story within the context? Any examples?


Nimmy said...

Hello Raj,
Good to see you here! :-) I guess my post may come across as a bit cryptic if you did not follow the link to Swan's post.

Yes...apparently this is a structure that Singapore's Armed Forces use for their after action review sessions. I am assuming that they encourage people to tell it as a story rather than blindly answer these questions (which is perhaps why this was shared as a storytelling concept). But the guiding principles are as quoted in the post.

After a certain point, I think the style would become ingrained and people would probably rattle off their learnings in the format of a story but with these underlying principles as a subconscious input- it probably becomes a cultural trait. To me, the method seems ingenious!

vijeesh papulli said...

Certainly a very good approach. More structured anyway! But at the same time a completely unstructured story sometime throws some very interesting observations too!! :-)

Liked your 2*5*1 = 10 on 10 too!

Nimmy said...

Vijeesh: Quite agree that what an unstructured and impulsive story might throw up could be very interesting as well! Maybe it's about realizing which are the specific situations wherein such a structure is essential...!

Prashant Sree said...

Novel idea... Thanks for sharing it, Nimmy :)

swanthinks said...

Thanks so much for the link to my post. I can't take credit for the concept, but I was certainly impressed when I heard about it.

Hope that you will join us on for weekly chats about knowledge management

Nimmy said...

Thanks to *you* for sharing it! I would love to join you for the KM Chat but I think the time zone differences may make it hard for me. I'd at least be checking out the final transcript! :-) You're doing a great job! Rock on and thanks again! :-)