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







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Seminar Description

Topics: Leadership Development

Sub-Topics: Leading Project Teams, Problem Solving

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.


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
  • Talent Triangle Blue
  • Talent Triangle Green
  • Talent Triangle Purple
  • Complete Talent Triangle

Locations Offered

SeminarsWorld® in Seattle

9 - 10 April 2018 Seattle Washington, United States

Early Registration: 26 February 2018

Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in Seattle to network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle®, while you earn up to 28 PDUs and 2.8 Continuing Education Units. Register by 26 February for early bird rates, and through 19 March, save on guest rooms at the Crown Plaza Hotel Seattle—Downtown. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.  SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Mega SeminarsWorld® in Orlando

25 - 26 June 2018 Orlando Florida, United States

Early Registration: 14 May 2018

Mega SeminarsWorld® offers the same opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge from PPPM experts in small group settings that you find at any SeminarsWorld program, plus the ability to earn additional PDUs outside the classroom and build your professional network through shared meals and receptions attended by more than 600 participants. Register by 14 May 2018 for early bird rates, and through 4 June, save on guest rooms at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes.  All 28 face-to-
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SeminarsWorld® in Washington, D.C.

29 - 30 August 2018 Washington D.C., United States

Early Registration: 16 July 2018

Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in Washington, D.C. to network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle®, while you earn up to 28 PDUs and 2.8 Continuing Education Units. Register by 16 July for early bird rates, and through 6 August, save on guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Event Instructors

Instructor David B. Newman

David B. Newman
Locations: Seattle, Orlando, Washington, Las Vegas

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 philos…

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Instructor Lisa  Hammer

Lisa Hammer
Locations: Seattle, Orlando, Washington, Las Vegas

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 account…

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