What takeaways from June 2016 Logical Thinking Process training?

Being on the host and organisation’s side of Bill Dettmer‘s June 2016 Logical Thinking Process (LTP) training in Paris, I was fortunate to go through it a second time.

This time more as an observer though, with a keen interest in reinforcing my knowledge and watch others react to the learning, build their logical trees and interact during the cross-presentations.

System-level complex problem

Even if I am a long fully convinced LTP aficionado, it still is fascinating to see the principles and tools applicable to any system-level complex problem, like the ones brought up by the participants.

Complex systems, in the Cynefin framework meaning, are systems with interrelated causes and effects relationships, leading to unpredictable outcomes.

Benefits of learning in a group

It’s easy to get trapped in one’s own reasoning and this is where learning in group is interesting: those being blocked could get help from the other participants to uncover the flaws or missing conditions in their tree and go on. It is rewarding as well as a good opportunity to probe one’s own skills to help others out of a deadlock.

Cross-presenting the logical Trees

Cross-presenting the logical Trees

Beyond the group effect, I witnessed the synergy between two executives from the same company building their trees together, and those were pretty robust, withstanding most of the scrutinizing.

Beyond building good trees there was also a noticeable excitement as they uncovered new solutions to long lasting problems, and the anticipated thrill to test them soon.

This advocates for attending the training in pairs from the same organization whenever possible.

For those afraid of the cost incurred, they have to put them in regard to the cumulative costs of unsolved problems, including missed opportunities of revenue. Most of them will go up into the tens of thousands.

Therefore going back with a fully actionable solution and the related communication after six days only is (very) good value for money!

Hone skills afterwards

One key point to succeed with LTP after the course is to practice over and over.

One way I try to do it is to analyze newspaper articles and check the soundness of the logic when exposing facts and proposing a conclusion.

Solitary practice may reinforce and hone the acquired skills, but sharing among practitioners is a good way to enhance them by learning from others as well as an opportunity to calibrate one’s skills.

That’s why attending conferences and, most of all, Bill Dettmer’s alumni reunions is really something to consider.


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