Essential Practice Skills


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ce-register-buttonEssential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects
April 13-14, 2016

University of Central Florida Executive Development Center | Orlando, Florida

Learn practical frameworks and systematic processes for addressing complex, real-world problems and how to facilitate effective action. This intensive Hands-On course is developed by the largest organization of analytics professionals, INFORMS

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Leave the course with improved knowledge on how to:

blue-checkmark  Learn to link their subject-matter expertise to the challenges of messy, unstructured problems, organizational noise, and non-technical decision makers.

blue-checkmark  Understand best-practice techniques, including: problem statement summaries, issue trees, interview guides, work plans, sensitivity analysis, stress-testing recommendations, the “Pyramid Principle” of story logic, story-boarding, slide-craft, delivering presentations, and fielding Q&A.

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Course Instructor

Patrick S. Noonan, Emory University

Patrick S. Noonan is Professor in the Practice of Decision & Information Analysis and Associate Dean for Management Practice Initiatives at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. From 1996-2000 he also served as Assistant Dean & Director of MBA Programs. He has been a Visiting Professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and he has taught short courses at Aalto University (Helsinki), ESAN (Lima) and Universidad ORT (Montevideo). Noonan began his academic career on the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where he received his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences.

Noonan’s traditional coursework at Emory – which includes decision modeling, game theory and data analysis – has earned the Distinguished Educator award 12 times and “Last Lecture” speaker role six times. In 2001 he received the Adler Prize for Teaching Excellence. He has been honored by inclusion in Emory’s “Great Teacher Lecture Series” and earned the Keough Award for Excellence. Recently he has taken on leadership of Emory’s “Management Practice” curriculum, which combines experiential learning, classroom instruction and coaching on the “craft” skills of structured problem-solving, effective teamwork, and persuasive communication.

His experience with the management consulting profession spans almost 30 years, starting in the New York office of McKinsey & Company. He co-founded Planning Technologies Group, whose innovative work in strategic planning and information technology earned a place in the “100 Leading Management Consulting Firms” compiled by Consultants News. Noonan’s consulting and executive education clients have included Microsoft, Bertelsmann, NewsCorp, The New York Daily News, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merrill Lynch, the Centers for Disease Control, Sea-Land, Accenture, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Economics Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Greenpeace.

A member of INFORMS for almost 25 years, Noonan has presented on research and pedagogy more than two dozen times at INFORMS conferences, and he has played leadership and major service roles in the Decision Analysis Society, INFORM-ED, SPRIG, the Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium, and INFORMS Transactions on Education.

Noonan also holds a B.S. in Engineering & Applied Science and an MBA, both from Yale University.