Learn how to be an inventive, logical decision maker by understanding the principles behind critical thinking and the tools used to consistently identify and select the best decision among multiple alternatives. In this course, you'll explore a structured way to approach and dismantle problems with a view toward optimum outcomes.
Applying the techniques of critical thinking allows you to dismantle complex
problems and to understand the inputs and implications of your thought
processes. By applying problem analysis and good practices you'll be able to
develop positions and arrive at decisions that are logical and explicable to
others. After completing the course, you'll understand why most decisions are of
poor quality and be able to impose quality controls on both your decisions and
the decisions of others.
- Â Natural barriers to sound reasoning
- Â Bias and assumptions in problem analysis
- Â Thought processes and reasoning
- Â Analytical techniques for comparing alternative solutions
- Â Structure, standards, and ethics of critical thinking
- Â Problem analysis best practices
- Evaluate the strategic thinking of others
- Assess the reasoning of others
- Problem solving by starting with restatement of the issues
- Problem solving from a number of different perspectives
- Identify decision-making factors
- Creativity and the decision-making process
- Structure the analytical process with a matrix
- Evaluate decision options using probabilities
- Compare options using paired ranking
This course provides an introduction to structured decision making. It is intended for any professional who is new to formal problem analysis, including: department managers, directors, supervisors, project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, product managers, program managers, associate project managers, stakeholders, team members, and all others responsible for resource allocations.Follow-On Courses
- Financial Management for Non-Financial Professionals
- IT Project Management
- Applied Project Management
1. Introduction to Decision Making
- What's a Decision?
- High Quality vs. Low Quality Decisions
- Becoming a Better Decision-Maker
- Instinctive Decision-Making
- Barriers to Sound Reasoning
- Outlook vs. Reality
- What Is Critical Thinking?
- Structures of Thinking
- Thinking with Standards
- Sophistry and Intellectual Ethics
- Opening the Mind
- 10 Best Practice Guidelines
- Structuring Techniques
- Putting It All Together
- Who Decides?
- Who Should Decide?
- Take Home Message
We require 16 calendar days notice to reschedule or cancel any registration. Failure to provide the required notification will result in 100% charge of the course. If a student does not attend a scheduled course without prior notification it will result in full forfeiture of the funds and no reschedule will be allowed. Within the required notification period, only student substitutions will be permitted. Reschedules are permitted at anytime with 16 or more calendar days notice. Enrollments must be rescheduled within six months of the cancel date or funds on account will be forfeited.
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