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Continuing education: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Patrick S. Noonan

Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School whose experience with the management consulting profession spans 30 years, will teach an intensive, hands-on, two-day course on “Essential practice skills for high-impact analytics projects” on Sept. 28-29 in Arlington, Va. The course, part of INFORMS’ Continuing Education program, is aimed at analytics professionals looking to sharpen and expand their analytical skills and “soft skills” that are so essential for solving real-world problem.

By the end of the course, students will learn practical frameworks and systematic processes for addressing complex, real-world problems and how to facilitate effective action. They will also 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.

In June in Denver, Noonan led a class of analytics professionals representing companies such as Microsoft, Nestle, Google and UPS, in addition to participants from higher education, nonprofit and energy sectors. Reflecting on his experience, Rob Miller, long-range demand forecaster at Microsoft, said, “The class was excellent. I’ve been exposed to a few management consulting/strategy-consulting techniques prior to the training, but it was never integrated in the same, effective way.  Also, the experiential learning was really effective.”
As mentioned above, Professor Noonan will next teach the essential practice skills course on Sept. 28-29 at the Executive Conference Center, Suite 200, 2345 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va., 22202. For more information and to register, click here or contact Continuing Education Program Manager Bill Griffin (bgriffin@informs.org).

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