Samples from LTP training with Bill Dettmer (Day 1)

Paris, June 2016. Bill Dettmer delivers his 6-day Logical Thinking Process training course in our offices. I am attending on the host’s and partner’s side, going through the whole course for the second time (I got my certificate the previous year) as a backup facilitator-if-needed, a master of ceremony, reporter and videographer.

While Bill is sharing his knowledge and experience, I videotape with his consent in order to promote the course and show you samples of what happens during the 6 days.

The following video shows samples of the morning of the first day, once introductions have been made, backgrounds, expectations and motivations of attendants shared.

I am sorry for the poor image quality due to low light, but this is a tradeoff between sharing the experience with the viewers and bothering the course attendants who paid for their seat.

The first morning is spent on some basic theory about the logical relationships, the structure of the different logical trees and how to build them. It paves the way for the afternoon’s exercise in which each participant builds his/her own Goal Tree, then, in turns, presents it to others and have it scrutinized by the others, under Bill’s supervision and coaching.

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Linking Logical Thinking Process to Critical Chain

In this short excerpt from Bill Dettmer‘s Logical Thinking Process training course, Paris June 2015 session, Bill explains how to switch from a Prerequisite Tree (PRT) to system-level change implementation with Critical Chain Project Management. All it takes is to rotate the PRT 90 degrees.

Chatting with Bill Dettmer right after the Logical Thinking Process training, June 2016

This video chat was recorded the day after the second edition of the Logical Thinking Process (LTP) training in Paris, France was over, in June 2016.

I was fortunate to attend as part of the hosting organization, observer, facilitator, photographer and video director. The video setup was ready for the Bill Dettmer‘s LTP alumni reunion and I asked Bill to exchange our impressions about the course, in front of the cameras.

I attended the course as a participant one year before and as an observer kept impressed by the fast pace of the course, packing so much value in 6 days (2×3 with a week-end in between). This is only possible with the front loading (reading at least the selected chapters of Bill’s book) and having enough command of English for non-native speakers.

Watch Bill and myself exchanging more views on the venue.

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Logical Thinking Process training course in Paris, June 2016 in fast flick

The second Logical Thinking Process (LTP) training course in Paris was a 6-day course in June 2016 delivered by Bill Dettmer. I was fortunate to attend as a host and observer, photographer and video director. Here is a 2-minute summary with pictures I took over the event. The speed of the video is intended to echo the fast pace and high density of the LTP course.


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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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