Analysis and Problem Solving for Consultants (CO20)

  • Anyone in an internal or external consulting role
  • Project managers
  • Business analysts
  • IT professionals
  • Engineers
  • Other technical professionals who would like to improve the outcomes of their consulting engagements by:
    • Collecting the right data from the right stakeholders
    • Effectively analyzing the data they collect
    • Identifying the right solutions

Prerequisite

  • Self-study on the Consulting Skills Portal prior to class
  • Consulting Fundamentals or practical experience as a consultant and solid knowledge of the topics covered in that course, including the role of the consultant, key consulting processes, and the consulting life cycle

Expected Duration
2 day

Description

As clients’ problems become more complex, and the desire to implement solutions that not only meet needs but deliver true business value increases, technical consultants need to develop a more in-depth understanding of their clients in order to be successful. This shift combined with the fact that the solutions many organizations or internal support functions offer are also becoming broader and include more services means that technical consultants have to have business acumen and better problem solving and analysis skills.

This is an interactive workshop that helps both internal and external consultants build the skills and knowledge to better gather and analyze client information and make sense of it in order to make more effective recommendations.

Students pursuing a university-recognized and/or accredited certificate in Canada or continuing education units in the U.S. must attend at least 90% of class time, participate in class exercises and section-knowledge checks, and score at least 70% on an end-of-class, multiple-choice assessment.

Objective

1. Prework: Preparation Phase

  • Client Engagement Opportunity
  • Consulting Behaviours Benchmark Assessment
  • Consulting Engagement Life Cycle
  • Personal Needs
  • Case Study

2. Introduction

  • Introduction to course
  • Personal learning objectives
  • The Consulting Life Cycle
  • Collecting the right data

3. Understand the Client

  • Understanding the client’s business mode and strategy
  • Documenting value and service chains
  • Analyzing stakeholders

4. Understand the Issue, Opportunity, or Problem

  • Identifying data requirements
  • Sources of data
  • Data collection methods
  • Documenting data
  • Determining root causes

5. Construct the Solution

  • Identifying and assessing solutions options
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Selecting the best option

6. Develop a Recommendation

  • Summarizing findings
  • Planning your message
  • Tailoring your recommendation for your audience

7. Connection

  • Your personal action plan

SUBSCRIPTION COST


$1,395.00

 

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