Training

This course provides an excellent platform to practice critical thinking for analytics. It was easy to navigate and engaging to learn from. I highly recommend this for analysts of any field.

 

I loved the three different tracks within the modules. Having real-world applications from different industries made it easy to understand how the concepts could be applied. Also, the companion texts really drove home my understanding of the material. This course is a great way to begin building a basic set of skills in analysis and critical thinking.

 

This course greatly enhanced our analysts’ ability to not just comply with tradecraft, but also have the confidence to make strong, impactful judgments in the midst of an increasingly difficult threat environment. Perhaps the best part of this: analysts are having fun…

US Government, Cyber Division

LEARN THE TECHNIQUES FROM OUR EXPERTS

 

Globalytica provides expert instruction to individuals and groups, in both traditional classroom as well as self-paced online environments.

Our Training Provides
 
Tools for the everyday analyst:
  • critical thinking
  • structured analysis
  • effective writing
  • briefing
  • collaboration
  • digital presentation
Techniques to help analysts:
  • identify and overcome mind-sets
  • stimulate creative thinking
  • discover “unknown unknowns”
  • develop conceptual frameworks
  • instill rigor into the analytic process
  • reduce the chance of surprise

Our courses are developed by our founders and the authors of multiple textbooks in the areas of critical thinking and structured analytic techniques, as well as a former dean of the intelligence community’s top intelligence academy.

COURSES LIST

Critical Thinking Fundamentals
Online | 2 weeks

Do you think outside of the box? Do you question why the box even exists?

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Critical thinking is the foundation of all analysis. Robust workloads demand robust thinking and this course will provide you with the skillset to meet those challenges. Learning modules, activities, exercises and discussion forums will teach participants to:

  • Define an analyst’s roles, responsibilities and functions in analytic production
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Identify common cognitive biases and intuitive traps
  • Show how the use of Structured Analytic Techniques can improve analysis
  • Practice using critical thinking in analytic production

Topics and Techniques Explored:

  • The definitions of analysis and critical thinking
  • Various conceptual models and frameworks of analysis
  • The concepts of cognitive bias and intuitive traps
  • System 1 thinking (fast, efficient, and often unconscious or intuitive), and System 2 thinking (slow, deliberate, and analytic)
  • The use of the Analytic Spectrum to distinguish between straightforward reporting and “sensemaking”
  • How to apply critical thinking processes and tools to accelerate and improve analytic production

This is a two-week online course, 8–10 self-paced hours/week. Students progress at their own pace; completing online learning activities, submitting quizzes, and participating in instructor-guided discussions in an online forum with course peers. Up to 24 students per course.

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Critical Thinking: From Conceptualization to Presentation
Classroom | 3 days

Guilty of analytic paralysis? Having a hard time starting your project? This dynamic, exercise-driven course will provide a roadmap to get you from conceptualizing to presenting for your stakeholders.

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Critical Thinking is the cornerstone of a good analytic product. These skills prepare participants to better understand their client’s needs, overcome mental mindsets, challenge assumptions, organize information, and perfect their presentations. Small group exercises will teach students to:

  • Utilize critical thinking concepts and Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs)
  • Plan analytic products
  • Adapt to change and ambiguity
  • Construct solid analytic arguments
  • Build a clear presentation

Topics and Techniques Explored:

  • How to Conceptualize Analytic Frameworks and Construct Logical Argument
  • The Analysts’ Roadmap
  • AIMS (Audience, Issue, Message, and Storyline)
  • Assessing Source Credibility and Detecting Deception
  • Portraying Probability and Levels of Confidence
  • Identifying Risk and Vulnerabilities
  • Dealing with Cognitive Biases and Intuitive Traps
  • Crafting Good Titles and Topic Sentences
  • Checking Your Key Assumptions
  • Argument Mapping

This is a three-day classroom course, with up to 24 students. Instructor-led classroom learning emphasizes small group exercises.

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Managing Analysis
Classroom | 2 days

Congratulations, you’re a manager…now what? This course aims to provide managers of analytic production with a masterclass in leadership, a roadmap to successful team building, and the skills to develop, then sustain a robust analytic culture. 

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Your role is crucial in helping analysts create useful, relevant analytic products. The supervisor—as team leader—provides not only inspiration and insight, but also substantive tradecraft expertise to members of the team. We offer instruction to managers who seek to:

  • Develop analysts through tailored interactions
  • Move analysis beyond description and history to explanation, evaluation, and estimation of future events
  • Guide analysts to hone their skills so that they can manage the production of effective analysis and grow in their careers

Topics Explored:

  • The leader’s role and characteristics
  • The fundamentals of the analytic profession
  • Building a robust analytic culture and high morale in the unit
  • Identifying the client, defining the issue, stating the message, and creating a persuasive storyline for the analysis
  • Enhancing product quality with Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Establishing production standards and collaborative networks
  • Using checklists to ensure the rigor of analytic products
  • Delivering useful, implementable feedback to analysts of varying capabilities

This is a two-day classroom course, with up to 24 students. Instructor-led classroom learning emphasizes small group exercises.

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Make Your Case with Compelling Analysis
Classroom | 2 days

What makes people listen and why should they listen to you? This class will teach you how to make important connections and influence people with your analysis.

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Make sure your analysis is organized and understood by your client. This course teaches learners how to:

  • Apply a structured analytic approach
  • Select and weigh evidence
  • Demonstrate the ability to think in a logical and organized manner about a problem or issue
  • Present compelling analytic conclusions

Topics and Techniques Explored:

  • AIMS method for conceptualizing an analytic product
  • The Analytic Spectrum, a concept to identify the type of analysis being produced.
  • The use of Argument Maps to assess logical flow
  • The authenticity, reliability, and credibility method for evaluating sources and data
  • The use of the Inverted Triangle, Argument Maps, or Mind Maps for conceptualizing and constructing your draft Critical Thinker’s Checklist for final review and self-editing

This is a two-day classroom course, with up to 12 students. Instructor-led classroom learning emphasizes small group exercises.

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Strategic Foresight Analysis
Classroom | 2 days

They say hindsight is 20/20—we say foresight is even better. Learn how to anticipate the unforeseen for a competitive edge and a proactive analytic culture.

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The objective of Strategic Foresight Analysis is to generate a solid set of scenarios that can bound the range of plausible alternative futures. It has proven highly effective in helping analysts, decision makers, and policymakers contemplate multiple futures, challenge their assumptions, and anticipate surprise developments by identifying “unknown unknowns.” In this course, students engage in hands-on exercises to apply foresight techniques that help them:

  • Identify key drivers
  • Generate alternative futures or trajectories
  • Develop validated indicators
  • Create action plans for complex issues

Topics and Techniques Explored: 

  • Definitions of predictions, forecasting, and foresight
  • A taxonomy of strategic foresight analytic techniques
  • Key Assumption Check
  • Structured Brainstorming
  • Multiple Scenarios Generation
  • Indicators Generation
  • Indicators Validation
  • The Opportunities Incubator™

This is a two-day classroom course, with up to 24 students. Instructor-led classroom learning emphasizes small group exercises.

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Break the Mold with Innovation Techniques
Classroom | 2 days

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Whether your problem is large or small, this course will show you the power that innovation brings to analysis.

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The five innovative Structured Analytic Techniques demonstrated in this course teach analysts to generate novel or different thoughts, create new processes and procedures, and reduce the chances of being surprised by unexpected developments. In numerous hands-on exercises, students practice specific skills designed to:

  • Transform new or existing ideas, knowledge, and insight into something useful and meaningful
  • Identify potential new sources of information or reveal gaps in data or thinking
  • Provide a fresh perspective on existing issues or problems

Topics and Techniques Explored:

  • Brainstorming
  • Starbursting
  • CircleboardingTM
  • Quadrant CrunchingTM
  • What If? Analysis Outside-In Thinking

This is a two-day classroom course, with up to 24 students. Instructor-led classroom learning emphasizes small group exercises.

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Crack the Code with Diagnostic Techniques
Classroom | 2 days

What are the wider symptoms of your problem? What do they mean for the future? In this class, learn how to piece together the puzzle and anticipate how it will develop.

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Diagnostic Techniques are used to formulate and refine ideas about what has happened or is currently transpiring by systematically exploring the nature of specific events or presenting issues. This course introduces students to a set of diagnostic analytic tools and techniques they can use to:

  • Identify the dynamics at play in an issue or problem and how they have combined thus far
  • Reframe issues to better understand how forces or elements might combine to generate different outcomes in the future
  • Uncover information gaps and inform future research design

Topics and Techniques Explored:

  • Key Assumptions Check
  • Multiple Hypothesis Generation Structured Brainstorming
  • Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
  • Premortem Analysis
  • Structured Self-Critique

This is a two-day classroom course, with up to 24 students. Instructor-led classroom learning emphasizes small group exercises.

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