Training to de-risk your high-stakes projects…

This training could save your company millions of dollars, since most large B2B companies pursue several major, “great-hope” projects. Sadly, most will fail: It’s not easy pursuing unfamiliar markets, disruptive ventures or transformational technologies. The unfortunate reality is that many could either be killed much earlier or rescued with early and intelligent course corrections.

This all changes when your teams know how to de-risk their projects. (See video, De-risking Transformational Projects.) You can apply this approach on a real project in a 2-day in-house workshop we bring to you. Or “check out” our de-risking methodology in this simulation workshop.

Virtual Workshop
(N. America)

Aug 20, 2020
8:30am – 12:30pm EDT
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What will you learn?

You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn in just the one-day simulation workshop. View agenda. In 7 hands-on exercises you’ll learn how to…

  1. Generate Assumptions: Generate-project-assumptions-that-must-be-trueThe team begins by brainstorming as many assumptions as possible. These are divided into Market Dynamics, Internal Capabilities, and Customer Outcomes. Special triggers, e.g. a consumption chain, and our master list of typical assumptions ensure a complete list.
  2. Rate Assumptions: How-to-rate-assumptionsEach assumption is rated for its likely impact on project success and team certainty: First, individual team members rate assumptions online, to prevent “group think.” Then the team 1) reviews histograms of individual ratings, 2) reaches agreement, 3) records its “Source of Truth” and 4) reviews six “Certainty Matrices.”
  3. Investigate Assumptions: Minesweeper-Certainty-Matrix-shortenedThe team then prepares a CheckPoint Plan… a series of tasks to better understand each assumption and move it from uncertainty to certainty. Within the Certainty Matrix, an assumption might “move up” from the red Danger zone to the yellow Caution zone, and eventually into the green Safe zone.
  4. Report to Management: Minesweeper-De-risking-ReportAs important as the above steps are, it’s just as important for your team to communicate well with management. Instead of confusing them with unique, “home-grown” presentations, begin using a common format—the Minesweeper De-risking Report. This helps management understand your project much better, essentially “joining your team” and increasing their confidence in you.

What resources will you receive?

You’ll learn to apply our proprietary de-risking process at this workshop… using our Minesweeper software as a roadmap and team collaboration tool. You’ll receive the following resources:

  • 1-month trial subscription to Minesweeper software*, which you can extend to a full year for $360
  • Simulation workbook
  • De-risking workshop log with all presentation slides
  • Resources such as the De-risking Quick-Start Card

*After the first year, a Minesweeper software subscription costs $30/month.

Open workshop registration information

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Georgia Tech Global Learning Center is one location for our face-to-face workshops

There’s no better way to see what your company is missing than by attending our open simulation workshop… either the full-day in-person or the half-day virtual version. You and attendees from other companies will spend the time going through a year in the life of a fictional project by “Acme Composites”… a company trying to break into the packaging market with its new fiber.

The cost is $1495 for the face-to-face one-day workshop, which includes a 12-month subscription to Minesweeper software. The cost is only $195 for the half-day virtual workshop, which includes a one-month software subscription (extendable to 12 months for $360.)

Virtually everything you’ll learn will be new to you. Why? Because The AIM Institute built this project de-risking methodology from the ground up, after seeing immense waste. Early-bird discounts are available for some workshops. Attendance is limited, so register early!

All upcoming workshops

  • Aug 20, 2020 – Virtual Workshop (N. America) – 8:30am – 12:30pm EDT – Register Now

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