Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Directed Field Work Week 3

I continued with the Powerpoint Slide deck from the chapters of the “Stuctured Analytic Techniques”.  Chapters 4-12 give the full description of the analytical techniques broken down into individual sections.  There are 52 techniques in total.  The chapter gives a brief overview of the individual techniques then the sections talk more in depth about each one.  The chapters and sections I completed for the week are the following:

Chapter 4. Decomposition and Visualization

  • 4.1 Getting started checklist
  • 4.2 Customer Checklist
  • 4.3 Issue Redefinition
  • 4.4 Chronologies and Timelines
  • 4.5 Sorting
  • 4.6 Ranking, Scoring, and Prioritizing
  • 4.7 Matrices
  • 4.8 Network Analysis
  • 4.9 Mind Maps and Concept Maps
  • 4.10 Process Maps and Gantt Charts

Chapter 5. Idea Generation

  • 5.1 Structured Brainstorming
  • 5.2 Virtual Brainstorming
  • 5.3 Nominal Group Technique
  • 5.4 Starbursting
  • 5.5 Cross-Impact Matrix
  • 5.6 Morphological Analysis
  • 5.7 Quadrant Crunching

Chapter 6. Scenarios and Indicators

  • 6.1 Scenarios Analysis
  • 6.2 Indicators
  • 6.3 Indicators Validator

Chapter 7. Hypothesis Generation and Testing

  • 7.1 Hypothesis Generation
  • 7.2 Diagnostic Reasoning
  • 7.3 Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
  • 7.4 Argument Mapping
  • 7.5 Deception Detection

In each of the individual sections it breaks down each with the following criteria:

  • Technique Name
  • Description
  • When to Use It
  • Value Added
  • The Method
  • Relationship to Other Techniques
  • Origins of This Technique

If I found the technique to be of value to the analysis of social media I would flag the technique and do a full description of it on the Powerpoint Slides.  Lots of chapters and sections to get through!

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