How to Make Your Garden Grow
May 2016 Volume 3 Issue 5
Spring is upon us, and for many of us the warmer weather means working in our yards and gardens. Gardeners are often praised for their green thumbs, but in reality there is no secret to a healthy lawn or blooming plants – all it takes is proper planning to make your garden grow. The same can be said for analysis: just as the best gardens start with a design or a plan, if you invest some time to design your project or outline your paper before getting started, your analysis will thrive!
Don’t Be an April Fool
April 2016 Volume 3 Issue 4
One of the biggest tricks analysts can play on themselves is to forget to stop and reflect before plunging into a project or initiating a keyword search for information. For example, we tell analysts that if they enter the first keywords that come to mind when searching the web, they usually will discover — often after tens of minutes have gone by — that they have reviewed several screens of data without finding a high quality source or citation. In essence, they fooled themselves into thinking that by plunging in they would save time when the opposite is true.
The Power of Silent Brainstorming
February 2016 Volume 3 Issue 2
Conducting brainstorming sessions in multiple countries for diverse customers, including banks, intelligence services, and political action committees, we have learned one major lesson: all brainstorming activities need to include a time when the participants are not allowed to talk. It sounds counterproductive, but it is really true!
New Year’s Resolutions – Now is the Time to Refresh Your Analysis
January 2016 Volume 3 Issue 1
While you are thinking about your 2016 resolutions, consider adopting new practices to counter weaknesses in your analysis. The ideal structured analytic technique to help you get started is the Structured Self-Critique.
By Randy Pherson, CEO, Globalytica LLC
Joyeuses Fêtes! Felices Fiestas! Glade Feriedage! Forhe Feiertage! せな! Buone Feste! Mutlu Bayramlar! Trevlig Helg! No matter how you say it, the message is the same. Globalytica wishes our worldwide network of clients and partners — Happy Holidays!
Structured Analytic Techniques: The Universal Language
November 2015 Volume 2 Issue 11
Structured Analytic Techniques are gaining attention and adherents from around the world! More than 17,500 copies of Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis have been sold since the publication of the first edition in 2011.
Cognitive Bias is Scary! Dust the Cobwebs from your Analysis with Structured Analytic Techniques
October 2015 Volume 2 Issue 10
Structured analytic techniques help us counter common analytic biases and intuitive traps we often confront as analysts.
Weeding Out The Competition
September 2015 Volume 2 Issue 9
Competition is usually a good thing. It allows us to push our limits and attempt to better our own performance. In analysis, having a variety of competing explanations or estimates (perhaps a result of Multiple Hypothesis Generation) prevents us from several pitfalls, including being overly influenced by first impressions, selecting the first answer that appears “good enough,” focusing on a narrow range of alternatives, and Confirmation Bias.
Avoid Summer Slump with This Hot Technique
August 2015 Volume 2 Issue 8
In August, the temperature may be rising, but productivity can be on the decline. Don’t allow summer slump to affect your analysis. Keep your skill set sharp by practicing the fourth in our series of most popular Structured Analytic Techniques: Structured Brainstorming.
Don’t Jump to Conclusions – Take the Right Steps!
July 2015 Volume 2 Issue 7
How do you decide which analyst or opinion is right (or at least, more right)? Resist the urge to determine that your own (or your first) hypothesis should be the focus of your analysis by using the Multiple Hypothesis Generation structured analytic technique.