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Reverse Engineer Mapping

Within an AltanaESP context, the use and application of the process Reverse Engineer Mapping (REM) is primarily aimed at serving as a guideline strategy that an individual (i.e. the client) could use as a game plan to productively deal with challenges s/he has been and will be confronted with. REMReverse Engineer Mapping also is the ideal process (i.e. method) that a facilitator could use to teach a person the skills needed to enhance his/her life scripts and successfully deal with or manage sabotage programs within a professional networking context.

The gist of Reverse Engineer Mapping is to determine the end goal and then to reverse engineer the steps required to eventually shape it into reality by using the power of now and seizing the moment optimally, efficiently and productively.


The focus is the future, regardless the availability of resources.Such as background, history, personal experiences, perspectives, ideas, views, fears, opportunities, money, …etc. Once vision and destiny possibilities & alternatives are deduced, future components and aspects are dissected to highlight guidelines, principles and demarcations for the ideal,Thus, a LDPCPDPLPSDSmap”. that can be illustrated as follows…

Determine the “top” of the spiral staircase and “climb-down” (reverse engineer) again to determine what now …?

The intended outcome of any reverse engineer mapping process actively strives to promote inner career happiness as secure foundation for eventual career success. The following TED-talk by Shawn Achor, provide and highlight a number of thought provoking similaritiesEspecially the references to identifying and actualizing potential and then raising the average. that might help to gain a better understanding of what is implied with career happiness…


1. Practical Implementation

Reverse engineer mapping is merely an academic-theoretical exercise, that has to be put into practice by means of the ADKAR-change model. To successfully close the professional networking gap, require a responsible and ongoing SWOT-analysis which hinges around the following four important concepts…

  1. Vision StatementREM: Goal, ADKAR-h: Awareness and ADKAR-v: Need to Change
    • Career path depiction (i.e. top step of the personal spiral staircase).
    • Job demarcations with reasons for the inclusion and exclusion of job opportunities.
  2. Mission Statement (REM: objectives and ASKAR-h: knowledge & ability ADKAR-v: concept, design & role assignment)
    • resources currently available for change management to reach the top of the personal spiral staircase.
    • resources required in future as backing for change efforts to reach the top of the personal spiral staircase.
    • aspect that can enhance or promote change strategies that will allow successful and productive climbing of the personal spiral staircase.
    • obstacles that can hinder or derail change strategies which will curb or prevent successful climbing and often translate as unproductive actions.
  3. Value Statement (REM: norms & priorities and ADKAR-h: desire ADKAR-v: implementation)
    • Proactive Preparation to prevent unnecessary confusion and uncertainty.
    • Compile a time line as determined by the context and phase (e.g. learner, student or adult).
    • Action steps needed and when required to master skills & abilities, build reputation and establish - specifically - professional networking.
  4. Legacy Statement (REM: reputation and ADKAR-h: reinforcement ADKAR-v: preservation)
    • Strategies to monitor progress and actions taken.
    • Evaluate achievements against vision statement to determine the general health of performance.
    • Advice and/or initiate corrections as and when needed SMARTly.

Applying the ADKAR-change model to reverse engineer any changeFor example… selecting, changing and/or initiate a new career path in life. present us with the trap of "short-terrism"Increasingly making choices and taking decisions primarily based on short-term goals and immediate gains. which - at best - can only accommodate the next 2 - 3 years. An extremely dangerous trap, when dealing with complex issues such as deciding on a future goal, preparing for tomorrow and excelling in what we do. This trap can be avoided by tweaking and adapting our perspective to accommodate long path reasoning.Transgenerational, Futures and Telos (to what end) Thinking.

This often is a “greek-confusion” for most people. The following TED-talk by Ari Wallach - 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term - explains the dangers of and solution for the "short-terrism"A term representing short term terrorism, a preferred tactic of the capitalistic-consumerism mentality of any modern society. derailer…

2. Teach & Learn by Example

The primary aim of the reverse engineer mapping strategy is to coach and teach each individual how to gain more independence and control over reinventing, establishing and sustaining self-development & growth regarding his/her envisioned future, allowing him/her to follow a career path of development & growth and to limit the destructive impact of derailment & stagnation. The latter is primarily caused by experiencing future shock frequently.

Outcome of REM & ADKAR Merging.

Core targets of REM & ADKAR merging…

Teaching by example focus…

Specifically make use of the following processes to extent and enhance learning by example…

  • Reverse engineer mapping process of to exploring, researching, examining and analyzing the dynamics of the selected career path and subsequent jobs demarcated, both for jobs included and excluded.
  • Assess the components and mechanisms that is and would make things to work (i.e. assess and explore the dynamics of Archetypes and/or Habitats).
  • Dissect and determine the inner workings of the change challenge (i.e. quantitative, qualitative, cumulative comparisons & analysis using the ACIP decision making process).
  • Develop and describe geometry (i.e. combo pack and compiling of reports).
  • Compare the present to the future and highlight guidelines to close the gap (feedbacks and discussions).
  • Determine time line and identify next steps for the short, medium and long term (i.e. use goal to refine objectives).

3. Stages

The reverse engineer mapping process is - of course - somewhat idealistic and not quite as neatly divided as the stages below might suggest. In practice, there is much iteration and backtracking. Some stages may proceed more rapidly than others and one will also need to backtrack frequently to correct misinterpretations, incorrect perspectives, accommodate newly surfaced knowledge and oversights in hypothesis. Furthermore, it will also differ from one individual to the next and carry out differently depending on the situation, circumstances and context. Nevertheless, the reverse engineer mapping process provides a useful point of departure, especially for complex problems such as identifying and selecting a career path, doing subsequent job demarcations and to counteract future shock.

Implementation: Mainly commence with the collection of data to start exploring and learning about possible and alternative futures, because it helps to notice more as one continue with conducting the reverse engineer mapping process, convert processed information into a workable change model and identify or establish tentative relationship that is and might exist.

Design: Determine and identify basic guidelines that could serve as a reference frame work to manage and execute intended change, considering and including best development & grow strategies, possible traps & barriers for advancement, critical questions to ask and issues to be addressed.

Analysis: Analyze compiled design to determine nourishing and toxic rankings, priorities and hot spots.

Clarification: Highlight essential or key processes or strategies (mainly needs) required for successful completion. Remove from mapping and/or geometrics all redundancies (mostly wants), because it frequently derails the change process.

Integration: Must ultimately be integrated with the reality of the individual, by reason of a dissected frog no longer is a frog.

4. Principles

Several broad principles govern the reverse engineering process…

  • Don't mistake hypotheses for conclusions. Reverse engineering only yields hypotheses. Thorough contextual understanding is essential before workable conclusions can be made.
  • Expect multiple interpretations. There is no single answer. Alternative interpretations of the data and information can result in different change strategies. The more information that is available, the less the variations amongst the people involved.
  • Don't be discouraged by approximate results. A successful reverse engineering and change process is driven by personal choice and subjected to the 10-90% principle.
  • Expect odd constructs, mainly because both reverse engineering and change management are driven and controlled by doing things right (i.e. context) and not doing the right things (i.e. dogmas).
  • Always be aware of and on the constant watch out for surfacing repetitive patterns.

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