Structured Analytic Techniques

The Structured Analytic Techniques class contains lectures, readings, and exercises using the techniques covered and the templates provided.

Our intent is to ensure you learn. We know everyone has a life and there are work requirements that come up that must be addressed. We want students to stay steady with the lectures and readings to maintain course continuity and flow, but we adjust for you as needed.

Structured Analytic Techniques involve a step-by-step process that externalizes the analyst’s thinking in a manner that makes it readily apparent to others, thereby enabling it to be reviewed, discussed, and critiqued piece by piece. For this reason, structured analysis usually becomes a collaborative effort in which the transparency of the analytic process exposes participating analysts to divergent or conflicting perspectives. We believe this type of analysis helps to mitigate some of the adverse effects of a single analyst’s cognitive limitations, an ingrained mindset, and the whole range of cognitive biases, misapplied heuristics, and intuitive traps. Frequently used techniques include Cluster Brainstorming, Foresight analysis, Indicators, Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, and Key Assumptions Check. Structured techniques are taught in undergraduate and graduate school programs as well as many intelligence service training courses and can be used by analysts who do not have a background in statistics, advanced mathematics, or the hard sciences. We cover the method, the value of the method, when and how to use the following non-inclusively (including templates for immediate use):
  1. Cluster Brainstorming
    1. Simple Brainstorming
    2. Nominal Group Technique
    3. Circleboarding
    4. Starbursting
    5. Mind Maps and Concept Maps
    6. Venn Analysis
    7. Network Analysis
  2. Key Assumptions and Key Assumptions Check
  3. Chronologies and Timelines
  4. Cross-Impact Matrix
  5. Multiple Hypothesis Generation
    1. Simple Hypotheses
    2. Quadrant Hypothesis Generation
    3. Multiple Hypotheses Generator
  6. Diagnostic Reasoning
  7. Analytics of Competing Hypotheses
  8. Inconsistencies Finder
  9. Deception Detection
  10. Argument Mapping
  11. Caus and Effect Techniques
  12. Outside-In Thinking
  13. Structured Analogies
  14. Quadrant Crunching
  15. Premortem Analysis and Structured Self-Critique
  16. What-If Analysis
  17. High Impact/Low Probability Analysis
  18. Delphi Method
  19. Conflict Management Techniques
  20. Alternative Futures Analysis
  21. Multiple Scenarios Generation
  22. Morphological Analysis
  23. Indicators Generation, Validation, and Evaluation
  24. Impact Matrix
  25. Decision Matrix
  26. Force Field Analysis
  27. Social Networks and Analytic Teams
  28. Collaborative Processes
  29. Common Pitfalls
  30. Advocacy versus Objective Inquiry
  31. Sorting, ranking, scoring, prioritizing
  32. Paired Comparison
  33. Weighting

Event Properties

Event Date 10-04-2021 11:20 am
Event End Date 10-03-2026 11:20 am
Capacity 8
Cut off date 11-12-2021 11:00 am
Individual Price USD899.00
Location Online

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