Stephen Michael Self

Presentation: System Dynamics of Alternative Analysis in Program Management

Abstract: System Dynamics of Alternative Analysis is a practical interactive discussion of the alternative analysis ecosystem with a focus on building participant’s individual capabilities to effectively facilitate and contribute within red teams, alternative analysis, wargames, or scenario planning sessions. Strategic thinking is a fundamental skillset in program management activities. The ability for program managers to understand and facilitate alternative analysis working sessions improves both strategic planning and, ultimately, an organization’s decision-making process. In this discussion we’ll explore the ecosystem of alternative analysis within strategic planning, and participants will gain a personal understanding of:

  • The impact of cognitive biases and logical fallacies in alternative analysis
  • The most effective ways of challenging “conventional wisdom” of preconceived ideas
  • The importance of diverse perspectives offering different understandings of solutions

Through the process of incorporating alternative perspectives in alternative analysis and decision-making, participants will be empowered with the ability to identify and benefit from what is often overlooked in traditional strategic planning.

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Biography: Stephen has over two decades experience working in program management and strategic planning. He holds an MA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, and dual MPA degrees from University of Colorado in Emergency Management & Homeland Security, and Environmental Policy, Management & Law with a published thesis on U.S. National Security & Climate Change. He is also a Program Management Institute Program Management Professional. Past work includes supporting rapid prototyping for DoD, DHS, and IC programs as a program manager and senior intelligence analyst. Currently he is Senior Advisor at Resilient Intelligence Systems. He is passionate about building cohesive teams with strong organizational culture to deliver actionable strategies and implementation. Stephen is a former U.S. Marine.