Practice is spiral in nature, which solution to shortcomings would take shape as Quoth proceeds.
The essentials of Practice are characterized as follows:
A. Initially, a person intend to foster deeper understanding of the problem in his/her practice by defining his/her framework (theoretical, conceptual, and operational), process, setting, and situation; and performing analysis to solve potential task and/or activity stopping issue(s). Here the person understands what his/her needs and interest are all about and what his/her practice competency level are and/or require.
B. Then the person develops program and plans the action to reinforce and achieve the purpose. The person develops a strategy as form of intervention.
C. Next the person carries out the strategy to determine how successful the program and action has been. That is, during and around the time of intervention, relevant data are collected for event and/or outcome evaluation. This allows the person to check the effects of the activities s/he intended to do, if s/he is aligned accordingly with the purpose. Note that, the person may use several approach to generate data, such as observing the relevant factors and settings; keeping a note of successes, failures, problems, issues, and/or concerns; interviewing people to discuss information; and analyzing documents.
D. Afterwards the person meets better understanding of the strategy by reflecting and thinking on the result findings of the action.
The person may review:
* his/her frameworks and processes;
* the plan of action s/he was using;
* his/her successes on knowing how well his/her actions were doing;
* his/her failures and the gap between the intended and actual results;
* the problem s/he encountered in his/her action;
* the event and/or outcome that s/he was pursuing;
* the emerging issues and/or concerns collected; and
* the people who are involved in the undertakings.
These will lead the person to:
* evaluate, select, and/or generate alternative solutions to a problem;
* identify causes and commit him/herself to devise ways of few key “sustains” and “improves” for the next cycle of the action;
* Generate worthwhile ideas from the strategy to arrive on something that s/he needs to understand better and make a decision about;
* identify what needs improvement that s/he could do better next time;
* setup within the action some means for on-going monitoring and improvement;
*better understanding on how s/he can achieve his/her purpose; and
*allow him/her to become more effective at achieving his/her purpose.
E. Finally, in keeping up-to-date on the challenges facing the person, s/he records the result findings of the action into a meaningful context, measures his/her action, learns from the experience, and refines the strategy to improve the action until solution to the problem is achieved. The idea is to eliminate and close in upon the problem in his/her practice on which s/he is confronted with the refined strategy. In each “refine” the strategy is tested in his/her practice. The intended changes in the strategy reflect the evolution and redefinition of the strategy throughout the process.
Further, the strategy must be known and clarified by others based on certain condition. This is to ensure that others could help the person collaboratively, agree on the strategy and/or result findings of the action, and develop a coherent view for acceptance, understanding, compelling, empowerment, and/or likely action.
A further, Practice should evolve as you learn more from the process.