The use of modern kinetic tools to obtain virtually continuous reaction progress data over the course of a catalytic reaction opens up a vista that provides mechanistic insights into both simple and complex catalytic networks. Reaction profiles offer a rate/concentration scan that tells the story of a batch reaction time course in a qualitative "fingerprinting" manner as well as in quantitative detail. Reaction progress experiments may be mathematically designed to elucidate catalytic rate laws from only a fraction of the number of experiments required in classical kinetic measurements. The information gained from kinetic profiles provides clues to direct further mechanistic analysis by other approaches. Examples from a variety of catalytic reactions spanning two decades of the author's work help to delineate nuances on a central mechanistic theme.