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Comments & insights about the Data Management Capability Test


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- Insights to provide an understanding of how the test works are provided in italic text


1.      The Test is Taxing

1.1      Need to be fresh.

1.2      Need Comfortable environment.

1.3      Hold many things in my mind all the same time.

While I agree with you that the test is taxing, those who truly think multi-dimensionally descend into their subconscious work-space, automatically shutting themselves off from environmental interferences and there they use the power of their subconscious.

These individuals are often accused by normal society of being unresponsive, or over-friendly (over-compensating due to their lack of time spent analysing social norms and behaviour as they work from the inside out).


2.       Long

2.1      Breaks needed.

2.2      The 3 hours is not the issue here, that is ok for a normal exam, however because this is not just producing work that has been learned over a long period but rather something completely new and for me each step needed quite a bit of thought it was rather exhausting.

The test is supposed to be extremely taxing on people not interested in the subject they have chosen as their passion, making their choice of passion a key deciding factor in their ability to write and potentially complete the test.

A further test conducted is a person’s ability to focus and maintain focus for a long period of time. People who rely only on their cognitive abilities become exhausted quickly. Cognitive thinking is what is typically taught in the education system.

So those who naturally think using their subconscious tend to be:

1.               Distracted easily, and yet they are still processing perfectly, just not linearly.

2.               Difficult to measure.

3.               Struggle to provide a non-interconnected (to related objects and relationships) answer.

4.               Apparently slower to learn (but are actually processing and interconnecting and testing validity within their subconscious building a fully integrated web of objects and relationships that are accessible to their conscious mind).

5.               Struggle to explain how they came to a particular conclusion quickly to the linear thinker, as there is a vast number of influences which affect their answer.

6.               They are often a great asset to the right manager who tests them by their results giving them the space to process the way they do best.

7.               They are quickly worked out by a manager who does not know, or does not have the energy, or who wants to control the outcome of a result of such thinking.

8.               Likewise they quickly leave the company where a manager is incapable of being the right kind of mentor and guide. A loss to the manager and the company.

9.               Sometime in the future I suspect the Human Resources Departments will begin to identify this and properly manage the real thinking skills and relationships of their resources.


3.       Clarity (Different style of test).

3.1      Need to better understand why.

3.2      Understand how / method:

3.2.1.     Instructions difficult to follow – without William’s help I would never have managed, I am still not sure if I got it right anyway.

It is intentional that this test should not be clearly laid out and defined. The world’s education system encourages this type of linear approach to being lead in their thinking.

I do assist via Skype when there are questions, however, I intentionally do not direct exactly how, this would produce a predetermined result and the cognitive mind would override the internal natural tendencies and the part the subconscious plays in thinking.

Cognitive thinking is generally linear in its thinking, while the subconscious is multidimensional often providing pictures and stories, rather than answers, which the cognitive must then interpret and translate onto the test answers.


4.       Difficulties

4.1      Choosing a passion

4.1.1.     It has to be a passion that the person has experience in – difficult for a young person.

So far people have not really struggled. It has in previous tests simply been that which they currently enjoy doing in their pass time, a hobby or interest or sport they want to pursue into their future. Using this positive experience helps to map the natural tendencies. It should not be decided by parents or significant others for them, as they may have a harboured dislike for that pursuit and this will cause them to give up or find the test unenjoyable, which skews their results.


4.2      The vocabulary was taxing for me an old, English speaker who has experience in the IT field.

It is important to have terminology not necessarily known or used as the world of data management is a constant encountering and accumulation of new concepts, terms, and determining how these need to be integrated and managed across a business’s various data disciplines, technologies, applications, business components and people.

The data manager has the ultimate power and responsibility in the business as they can keep correct or make incorrect any decision or action. Purely by not correcting the decay of data meaning in the business’s data flows.

The person does not have to be a linguist either, for linguistics alone without the capability of bringing in all the other multi dimensional thinking capabilities does not help.

It takes someone who is pedantic and who has a distinct knowledge of what is accurate and what is not. Such a person also needs a strong and energetic manager, able to deal with such a personality that tends to often accompany such a person.


5.       It’s complicated, I haven’t done this sort of thing before so I was slow

5.1      Dimensions

5.2      Life cycles etc.

Everyone starts off slowly as they realise their general education does not help them to complete this test.

At this point their subconscious kicks in to find another way. There is a length of time between recognising this and “falling into” the multi-dimensional approach. This time also indicates their natural tendency to be able to think this way. The test maps this thinking in the background.


6.       There are 18 segments, each with 3 positions on the matrix and 3 sentences explaining why. That equals 18 x (3+3) = 108 things to do x 3 matrices = 324 things in 180 minutes, almost impossible unless you have a photographic memory and perfect recall of the definitions in context - I cannot see any school leaver completing this, I took at least 6 hours and was tapped out after each session.

I have had at least one school leaver not only doing this, but also completing the entire test within the 3 hours.

He is admittedly a very rough diamond socially, but an incredible asset for a business, if the business has the foresight to pair his strength with a person who can be the intermediary between this person and the general working population.

Multidimensional thinkers are not the norm, they are extraordinary, and a significant competitive advantage when interfaced with by the right type of manager.

Such a manager is a bit like a racing car driver. They need energy, and patience and the ability to be very clear and detailed and specific and be able to smooth over the ruffled feathers of the normal people when these come into contact with them.


7.       The visual aids need to be bigger than A4 sized paper.

The graphic is designed to be printed on an A3 size page, and the test refers to it as the “A3”. That you could work with it on an A4 sized page is testimony to great eyesight, but may also have contributed significantly to speed and enjoyment degradation over time due to fatigue.


8.       There is to much to study in 30 minutes before the test.

The normal process requires that you would have had a significant amount of time to read and understand the definitions and data atom graphic. The 30) minutes was supposed to be a refresher.


9.       The instructions are not clear, without an hour of William’s help beforehand I would never have even known where to begin (However, I did read the instructions late at night the previous evening).

In your case we did not go through the lengthier process, where you would have had a chance to read up on the definitions and consider them more carefully. You have highlighted how critical following the process is. Thank you.

Further to this, Data Management is mostly about maintaining the accuracy of what the data actually means while it is travelling through people and systems. This is man’s biggest challenge and why Data Management is so critically in demand. A single version of the truth at each point in time across all dimensions of the information value chain that drives any business.


10. This may be the test for the top few people selected but I would recommend a simpler (and cheaper) version for initial testing in order to find the people who should do this test because I think you will have to test a lot of people to find the few candidates you need.

People actually do not know if this is for them or not. They could have a significant hidden talent.

For this reason, the process is designed to have people go through four stages of determining if this is for them, each one has a cost and people can choose to stop at any of the “barriers to entry” or they can find they want to go through them all.

1      Before reaching a barrier to entry, a person typically reviews the Multi Dimensional Thinkers website and finds it interesting and sends an email to apply to take the test (

2      Barrier to entry  # 1: Application & R100 & patience – processing is intentionally slow (3 – 5 days) – only those really interested will wait for the test resources.

3      Barrier to entry # 2 Registration & R550 (opportunity for up to 30 days after receiving the test resources and reviewing them and still finding an interest or synergy with the complexity and having a curiosity to explore further).

4      Barrier to entry # 3 Doing the test (free if previous R650 has been paid) – if a person completing the test finds that they do not want to continue and they abandon the test finding that this is not what interests them then the test does not get marked and is deleted – no records are kept – a re-write would be necessary.

5      Barrier to entry # 4 submitting the test & R350 for processing and analysis. Those who have paid their Total of R1000 will have their submitted tests marked and analysed and will receive a report and certificate indicating their natural data management strengths.


11. Maybe a multi-dimensional thinker would find this easy – I did not, my experience of aptitude testing in the distant past was of easy questions with a choice and following flows, all much simpler, I understand that this tests more than aptitude and is not the same but the unfamiliar format makes it very tough.

The test was designed to be out of reach of being finished by all but those who are really able to think multi-dimensionally (and who can type quite fast) I have had people finish the test within the three hours, but not many.


12. This test looks like something a very detailed and pedantic (but in a positive way) person would enjoy. it would take hours of study just to understand the diagram properly.

The cognitive full understanding of the diagram comes with years of use, however the subconscious quickly makes sense of it. Depending on how thin your barrier between your conscious and subconscious is your intuition is quickly rewired and you can then think multi-dimensionally. The cognitive brain eventually catches up.


13. I didn’t learn much about myself because I was too busy trying to finish, this caused me to brush over some of the questions.

I think this was not fun for you. I do not believe you would be happy in data management, even though you are certainly analytically skilled. It is the fun of internal discovery of the meaning of the data that draws people into the field of Data Management.


14. For me – it was really too much, I cannot imagine a school leaver whose first language isn’t English managing.

We do not want to set people up for failure – the world language is English if they are diligent they will be embracing and questioning. I have learnt by experience not to underestimate their tenacity, that goes for second language English people too.


14.1      They would not have had much exposure to the definitions in school.

True – data management requires the ability to absorb and segregate and mark out definition boundaries.


14.2      They would possibly not have had exposure to some of the concepts due to cultural differences, I at least knew what “blue sky” was.

The reality of data management requires people to learn and absorb new concepts quickly.


14.3      I could never have gone through all the definitions to a point of understanding in 30 minutes.

The original process requires definitions to be sent out long before the test with a 30 minute refresher opportunity to ask questions prior to the test.

14.4      The words in the instructions "At the top are some key words to understand what the letters in the black squares mean. You will need to remember these when answering”.

14.4.1.               I had to refer back for every question, I would need to study these for ages to “remember” them.

This is the reality of data management.

14.4.2.               I was dis-heartened in the beginning because I didn’t really understand despite reading the instructions and William’s explanation, however, I got into the swing of things about halfway through the first matrix but was over” by the end of the 2nd. I only did the 3rd matrix the following day and wanted to give up by halfway through.

This proves you have perseverance a critical trait of those in Data Management.