Have you heard the Miles Davis song “Seven Steps to Heaven?”
Well, this post isn’t about that song. Although it’s a great tune, to be sure. You've got to love that bass playing by Ron Carter and you can tell that this band was on its way to being Miles' next great quintet.
Why mention the song, then? To make a comparison between the song title and the real topic of this post, of course. The title of Davis’ tune alludes to two things. The first is a sequential, orderly process—the seven steps. And the second is the desired end place—heaven.
There’s something similar in instruction (or training), too. It’s called the Nine Events of Instruction, and it’s based on a theory by instructional designer Robert Gagne.