Come see what the #1 rated workshop at all Project World and Project Summit events is all about! If you struggle with not getting enough information or time from stakeholders to get the job done you may want to rethink the techniques you have been using. Businesses today are changing rapidly. The same old techniques that you have been using may not be living up to the agility and speed required to succeed in this new dynamic marketplace of change. You need techniques that will energize your stakeholders, engage them in new ways that bring them to a new level of collaboration! Whether you live in an Agile or Waterfall world (or somewhere in-between), whether you are Business Analyst, Project Manager, Leader or Subject Matter Expert, this class is right for your you and your organization. There are well over 300 techniques that can be used on projects to elicit, analyze, make decision and gain consensus, but only a small portion of them are ever taught or are hidden in a book.
Our goal at Bob the BA is to help you think, learn and work differently so you can make an impact back on the job. If you always do what you have always done, you will end up right where you were before you were trained right? So at Bob the BA we take a different approach because we know we learn best by doing and not through lecture. Our courses are always hands-on, practicing through exercises, activities, facilitated discussions, case studies, role play, workshops, printed materials and presentations.
Who Should Take This Course?
This course is for anyone that needs to elicit or get more information from stakeholders in less time. Whether you lead or facilitate meetings, run the project, do the analysis, or contribute actively to project results, these techniques will work for you.
- To learn new techniques that will save you time
- To learn new techniques that elicit more information faster
- To learn new techniques that will engage your stakeholders and bring them to a new level of collaboration
Learn new modern techniques to help facilitate the following:
- Working in person or virtual
- Faster elicitation
- More detailed information and requirements
- Higher levels of collaboration
- Stronger decisions
- Ensure participation by all participants equally
- New levels of creativity and idea generation
Modern techniques include:
Environmental Scan, Empathy Map, Advanced brainstorming, Spectrum Analysis, The Hot Air Balloon, Collaborative capture, 20/20, and more collaborative, innovative, and practical techniques that will make your job easier.
1-Day Workshop $189
5% discount for 3 or more attendees on the same registration
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