Creative Problem Solving: Applying Non-Linear Thinking to Solve Difficult Project Management Problems

PDUs

CEUs

1.4

LEVEL

Intermediate

LENGTH

2 Days

PMI Member Early Registration

$1350

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$1455

Non-Member Early Registration

$1495

Non-Member

$1595

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Seminar Description

Whether it’s finding resources in a matrix management structure or balancing stakeholder expectations as scope creep challenges your planned schedule, the ability to find creative solutions is paramount to success in today’s challenging environment! Creative problem solving involves the ability to come up with a solution that was not obvious or apparent. Often referred to as “thinking outside the box” many are surprised and excited to learn that finding creative solutions to difficult problems does not require genetic prerequisites. It is a learned skill and we can all improve our abilities in creative problem solving by applying and practicing the methodologies.
 
Seemingly insurmountable problems represent very real situations that occur in many organizations and are quite often cited as the top issues facing project managers today. This Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Workshop is structured around the principles of The Osborn-Parnes model with emphasis placed on the most difficult and pressing problems that a project manager is likely to face! The process, created by Alex Osborn and Dr. Sidney Parnes back in the 1950’s, which gave birth to the term “brainstorming”, has been refined to accommodate our fast-paced environments. However, the original concept of applying a process in order to find creative solutions is as valid today as it was then. Perhaps even more so as we are constantly asked to do more with less!
 
This interactive workshop will take you through the six-step process as well as introducing several useful brainstorming methods to enable you to facilitate more interesting problem-solving sessions and provide flexibility and variety to the meetings, resulting in ever-increasing creativity. As we are tasked with more responsibility and less resources, the out-of-the-box thinking methods become an essential component of the Project Management toolbox. Through application and practice you will flex and grow your creative muscles enabling you to face challenges head-on and work toward a more creative and motivational environment!
 

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Participants will be able to define and implement a structured approach to problem solving that leads to creative solutions during any phase of an ongoing or planned project.
  • We will explore the specific six-step Osborn-Parnes creative-problem-solving process providing attendees with an in-depth understanding of the total process and why each step is important.
  • Attendees will learn to processize non-linear thinking methods to provide tools and techniques that will be immediately applicable to facilitate solving the most difficult and complex problems that project managers typically face.
  • The problem definition stage will be examined in depth to eliminate circular and tangential distractions that tend to reduce the effectiveness of the process.
  • The concepts of critical thinking and the use of various problem solving tools and methods such as brainstorming will be examined by participants and put into the context of their actual work environment through hands-on problem solving activities.
  • Participants will be able to assess levels of happiness in the workplace and employ specific techniques to proactively manage performance quickly and effectively during project execution in order to optimize team morale and substantially increase project success factors.

 

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PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.

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  • Technical
  • Leadership
  • Strategic
  • Total
  • PMP®/PgMP®
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • PMI-ACP®
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • PMI-SP®
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • PMI-RMP®
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • PfMP®
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • PMI-PBA®
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
  • 0.00
  • 14.00
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  • Talent Triangle Green
  • Talent Triangle Purple
  • Complete Talent Triangle

Locations Offered

SeminarsWorld® in Chicago (31 October - 1 November)

31 October - 1 November 2017 Chicago Illinois, United States


SeminarsWorld® in Chicago offers seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle® that will help you with creative problem solving, teach you how to stop project productivity killers, how to lead strategic initiatives, and more.    SeminarsWorld Chicago complements PMI® Global Conference activities and education sessions. Two sets of SeminarsWorld programs are available this year in Chicago. The first takes place from 24-27 October, at the Marriott Marquis
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Event Instructors

Instructor

David B. Newman
PMP
Locations: Chicago, Miami

David B. Newman PMP, SPHR, CSM, has over 30 years of experience. He holds a master’s degree in technical management and has a diversified background in engineering and product development. He is a certified trainer for leadership seminars and loves to share his experience and extensive background with others. Project teams have excelled under his leadership as he has emphasized that the key to building a high performance team is to integrate management skills with a collaborative philosophy to influence and motivate teams. By doing this he knows that you can lead your teams to achieve seemingly impossible goals!

Instructor

Lisa Hammer
PMP
Locations: Chicago, Miami

Lisa Hammer, PMP, has more than 30 years of experience, specializing in project management and staff development for both large and small firms. She has managed the implementation of several multi-million dollar programs to achieve client goals while maintaining budget and cost controls. Lisa’s executive career has been highlighted by a broad range of qualifications, including proven leadership and analytical skills, collaboration with outside groups, along with a reputation for accountability, flexibility, and resourcefulness. Using methods of effective interpersonal skills, ability to establish priorities, and meet deadlines and manage budgets, she has built strong project teams and relationships with clients.

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