Recently I coded a interview with a young programmer for Complexity o Information Processing. This should give a good idea of where someone sits on Jaques’s charts, to be checked against the actual work peformance of the person. I am qualified (but not certified) to determine Strata 1-3, with a possible on 4. Unfortunately, almost everyone that I have coded before has been 4-6. I try to get younger and younger respondents to get some 3s and 2s but it doesn’t seem to work. For whatever reason, I have a bunch of Mode 6+ respondents.
This guy, though, coded clearly as Str 3. I looked at it and realized that he was 1) a real Stratum 3 and 2) he looked nothing like another interview I also coded as a Str 3. I put them side by side and compared: my earlier respondent was bigger than this new one.
So I went back over my interviews. I have been overly conservative with Conceptual thinking and with Parallel thinking. I may have been looking for Universals instead of Concepts in my interviews, irritatingly enough. I had to recode my learning interviews, a risk they took when I started talking to them. One came in as a Str3 because I couldn’t find Str4. Now I find Str4 tiebacks all over the place. They are really there. I knew I had problems with 4 when I was in training. I could see 3 (serial classes) and 5 (declarative abstraction) but I couldn’t get 4. Now I can.
I went back over another interview, with a software consultant that I’ve worked with for awhile. His interview didn’t seem to make any sense in my coding, because I was missing the Abtractions that he was stating. Had I been listening more closely for them, they would have jumped out at me and I could have interviewed more closely for them and gotten better results. But I didn’t and I missed them.
When I did my first interview, I came out of it thinking, “Probably not Str 5 but definitely Str 4”. Then I got weird in the coding. I just didn’t have the experience with the lower levels.
I’ll probably never have the experience with the lower levels. I’m trying to get more of a handle on 5-8, really understanding the 4/5 strategic thinking split and how 6 and 7 look compared to 4.
I will post the interviews, sanitized of the company details with my coding so that we can compare notes.