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Visual Thinking with Mind-Mapping* and Creative Modeling

We spend most of our business day staring at visual mediums (computer screen or smart phone), yet when trying to solve problems in the workplace we resort to linear thinking (words and numbers).

Introducing people to visual thinking tools can greatly improve their thinking process, by making it easy for them, by appealing to their visual senses.

Whether it is simply sketching out ideas, or undertaking a more detailed problem solving using a mind map, we can dramatically improve our ability to understand and be understood through the use of visual thinking tools.

Date: November 11, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West
Fee: $ 695 CAD plus applicable taxes


Description

This high energy visual and hands-on 1-day workshop will provide you with a creative way to put your ideas and thoughts to paper, so they are clearly organized and better understood by you and others.

These techniques and best practices can be applied immediately and with amazing success: in your business environment and in your personal life. This workshop will help you to “connect-the-dots”; to bring clarity to sometimes complex challenges and unearth creative new ideas; either individually or in a team environment. Be ready to unlearn and free yourself from some of the old school paradigms and replace them with creative visual thinking. 

* Mind Map is a registered trademark of the Buzan Organization Limited 1990, www.thinkbuzan.com 


Who Should Attend

Project Managers, Business Analysts, Business professionals, students and basically anyone who wishes to improve their problem solving, note-taking, planning, productivity and communications performance.


Objectives

At the end of this workshop you will be able to apply best practice modeling & MindMapping techniques, processes and tools in your work and home environments with confidence and ease.  The blank sheet syndrome will be something of the past for you and for your teams. This will be your most valuable go-to technique in your toolbox.


Topics Covered

  • Understanding the mysteries of how the human mind processes information
  • Breaking the shackles of traditional thinking and communications
  • Expressing oneself visually – using core modeling practices
  • Modeling & Mind Mapping Basics
  • How: Best Modeling & Mind Mapping techniques
  • What: Exposing participants to the required techniques, best-practices & tools to help your Models & MindMaps pop with creativity and substance.
  • Leverage 2 powerful techniques to catalyze teams
  • Synergy at work:  the power of WE
  • When: Situational applications
  • Visioning – visual brainstorming at work
  • SWOT – strategic thinking
  • Generating a strategic plan

Facilitators

Robert  (Bob) Abbott, MCPM

Bob Abbott teaches Comprehensive Business Analysis and Project Management course at McGill School of Continuing Studies, as well as Facilitation: An Art and a Science at McGill (co-author of the course & workshop).

Bob is an experienced enterprise Senior Project Manager with over 30 years of Information and Technology experience within the telecommunications industry. Bob is a graduate of McGill University in computer science, and has his Masters Certification in Project Management from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Bob also has his Lean 6 Sigma level 1 certification.

He has been a change agent in the development and introduction of new agile processes, procedures and collaboration techniques within various Information and Technology organizations. He has also designed and delivered various types of corporate training to more than 3000 managers on enterprise project tools, processes and techniques.

Bob is a consultant and works with various corporations providing facilitation and specialized training for teams in both IT and non-IT domains. Bob has a passion for teaching and developing people, he challenges teams to think out of the box, and during his workshops uses creative approaches to build an atmosphere of trust and creative thinking.

Georges Bryson, B.Comm.,  CBAP, CSTE, ITIL, PSM 

George Bryson teaches Comprehensive Business Analysis course at McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Georges Bryson has been a senior Business Analyst in the IT environment for the last 30 years and is also Vice President of MontGuide, a facilitation enabling company.   He is presently VP Professional Development – IIBA® Montreal Chapter. Georges also teaches Facilitation: An Art and a Science at McGill University (co-author of the course & workshop). He holds a Lean 6 Sigma – Level 1 certification. He is a graduate of Concordia University and has also completed his studies in Project Management (McGill University). He is passionate about leading change in organizations leveraging best practice Business Analysis and Project Management techniques (including latest Agile techniques) and tools and has been extremely successful, nationally and internationally on projects in IT and non IT environments. He continually seeks new ways to stimulate others to think outside the proverbial box and connect those often unconnected dots.


Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.


Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca