Virtual Learning Bites are short efforts taking about 2 hours to be spent. Each ‘bite’ covers a technique or concept that can be absorbed on its own. The participant learns a tool and is then able to apply it in business practice. A ‘bite’ thus has standalone value.
Each bite consists of:
- A lesson with a short video, some pieces of texts and examples.
- A discussion forum.
- One or two assignments (expect feedback).
- A pdf with the lesson text to keep.
- A quiz.
- Some notes that explain the context of the technique or concept.
- A 30 mins close out video conference to reflect and share experiences.
After registration you will get access to the material for three months, although you are asked to aim for completing the bite within the next calendar month. The close out video conferences are scheduled towards the end of calendar months.
To keep things moving, we ask for a modest fee per Bite.
However, if you register before 1 February 2020 you can do one bite for free.
Any questions, please check with us.
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Which Virtual Learning Bites are available?
Decision Making and Decision Quality
We all make many decisions every day but governments, companies and other organizations will need to take their important decisions in a formalized manner. What are the key attributes of a decision? When can a decision be considered sound? How do we address the underlying uncertainty and risk? What do we mean by decision quality? This ‘bite’ provides answers to these and other questions around decision making and explains how various disciplines can support decision making processes.
This is a technique to assess a credible probability for a future event to take place or not. A risk for an investment project or organization, for example as captured in a risk register, may relate to some future event with uncertainty regarding its outcome (for example an agreement to be concluded, a permit to be obtained, etc). By systematically identifying and structuring information available, an evidence-based probability assessment may be executed, usually in the context of a group discussion.
This is a technique to estimate a range for a variable using expert elicitation, for example a cost. The central idea is that it is often not appropriate to characterize an uncertain variable by a single deterministic number. By quoting a range (or probability distribution) one can express the uncertainty in the estimate. Using a structured process a high, mid and low value of some variable can be estimated without or with partial use of data.
Scenario planning primer
Scenario planning is a powerful methodology to get to grips with the future uncertainties of the broader business environment. It has for example been successfully pioneered in Shell in the seventies of the previous century. This bite provides the background and an overview of the approach, with some examples. Attention is paid to how scenario planning can be linked to decision making. This virtual learning bite will provide you with an awareness level overview.
Why probabilistic investment analysis
Investment decisions in business are usually based on a cash flow analysis yielding decision metrics e.g. NPV. For such calculations, many assumptions need to be made and projected into the future. These assumptions with regard to costs and revenues are often biased. Investment opportunities also have many risks and uncertainties. Deterministic (‘single number’) based analyses can therefore be very misleading. A probabilistic approach using ranges rather than single numbers encourages the analysts to think wider and provides decision makers with a better understanding of the opportunity at hand. In this learning bite you will learn in two hours the main principles of probabilistic analysis. Which easy to apply approaches for this purpose are available?