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

PDUs

CEUs

1.4

LEVEL

Applied

LENGTH

2 Days

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$1456.00

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$1560.00

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$1612.00

Non-Member

$1862.00

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$1456.00

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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.

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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
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Locations Offered

SeminarsWorld® in Las Vegas

4 - 5 December 2019 Las Vegas Nevada, United States


Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in Las Vegas 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 21 October for early bird rates, and through 8 November, save on guest rooms at Harrah's Las Vegas. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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SeminarsWorld® in Scottsdale

26 - 27 February 2020 Scottsdale Arizona, United States

Early Registration: 13 January 2020


Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in Scottsdale 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 13 January for early bird rates, and through 23 February, save on guest rooms at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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SeminarsWorld® in San Antonio

11 - 12 March 2020 San Antonio Texas, United States

Early Registration: 27 January 2020


Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in San Antonio to network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle® while you earn up to 29 PDUs and 2.9 Continuing Education Units. Register by 27 January for early bird rates, and through 17 February, save on guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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SeminarsWorld® in McLean

8 - 9 April 2020 McLean Virginia, United States

Early Registration: 24 February 2020


Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in McLean, Virginia—which is located in the Washington, D.C. region—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 24 February for early bird rates, and through 13 March, save on guest rooms at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWo
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Mega SeminarsWorld® in Orlando

24 - 25 June 2020 Orlando Florida, United States

Early Registration: 11 May 2020


Register by 11 May for early bird rates, and through 28 May save on guest rooms at the Hilton Orlando. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mega SeminarsWorld® offers the same opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge from experts in small group settings that you find at any SeminarsWorld event. But you can also earn extra PDUs outside the classroom. And you can build your professional network by sharing meals and attending re
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SeminarsWorld® in San Diego

11 - 12 November 2020 San Diego California, United States

Early Registration: 28 September 2020


Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in San Diego 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 28 September for early bird rates, and through 16 October save on guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.   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
PMI-ACP, PMP
Locations: Las Vegas, Scottsdale, San Antonio, McLean, Orlando, San Diego

David B. Newman, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, SPHR is a co-founder and principal of Leadership Techniques, LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in project management and leadership development. Along with his PMI credentials he holds a Master’s degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University as well as the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)® credential.    David has a diversified background in engineering and product development who loves …

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Instructor Lisa  Hammer

Lisa Hammer
PMP
Locations: Las Vegas, Scottsdale, San Antonio, McLean, Orlando, San Diego

Lisa Hammer, PMP is a co-founder and principal of Leadership Techniques, LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in project management and leadership development. She is an engaging and entertaining presenter with over 30 years of experience in project management and staff development for both large and small firms.    Lisa has managed the implementation of several multi-million dollar programs, which included coordination of staff, consultants and subcontractors to…

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