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.


Check Your Assumptions at the Door

June 2015 Volume 2 Issue 6

During the summer months, we keep our doors closed to stifling heat, mosquitoes, and other pests. Similarly, when we perform analysis, we should strive to keep our mental doors closed to
unsupported assumptions. The May edition of The Analytic Insider kicked off our summer series of the five most popular Structured Analytic Techniques (SAT) used in analysis today.


Are You Biased?

May 2015 Volume 2 Issue 5

If you regularly depend on your intuition when making decisions, make sure to ask yourself: Are you biased?


Anticipate the Future with Foresight Structured Analytic Techniques (FSAT)

Starting May 26 | Online Course

Anticipate the future! Globalytica is launching its newest professional certificate program, Foresight Structured Analytic Techniques (FSAT), designed for professional analysts seeking to improve the quality and impact of their analysis in forecasting future events, using indicators to track emerging trends, and developing strategic plans.


Spring Cleaning

April 2015 Volume 2 Issue 4

Spring is (finally) in the air – have you dusted the cobwebs off your analytic skills? To boost your mental  spring cleaning, this month I’m sharing my fifth and final Habit of a Master Thinker: Understand the Context.


A Time for Reflection

March 2015 Volume 2 Issue 3

The January and February editions of Analytic Insider highlighted the first three of the five Habits of a Master Thinker:

1. Know when to challenge key assumptions.

2. Consider alternative explanations or hypotheses for all events.

3. Look for inconsistent data that provides sufficient justification to quickly discard a candidate hypothesis.


Exercising Your Brain with Master Thinker Habits #2 and #3

February 2015 Volume 2 Issue 2

As winter weather sets in, it’s easy to enter into hibernation mode and abandon our New Year’s resolutions. While February’s cold restricts some of your outdoor activity, I encourage you to use this time to stay disciplined and exercise your brain. Last month, The Analytic Insider highlighted my first habit of a Master Thinker, Challenging Key Assumptions. I also offered some tips for applying this habit to your everyday life. Below are two more habits to use at work and in your personal life if you want to become a Master Thinker.