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A course comprising 12 lectures with associated downloads covering practical problem solving techniques.
Billy spent more than 30 years in the chemical industry, working globally for Ciba and BASF, amongst others. During this time, he developed an understanding of how companies fail to solve problems and what tools and techniques can be used to improve their success rate in innovation and new product development.
These tools have been applied successfully across a wide range of industries (Chemical, Engineering, Water Treatment, Construction, Electronics, Oil and Gas). He is now a freelance consultant in problem-solving, decision-making and innovation, making these tools and techniques available to an even wider range of companies and industries using his expertise in the facilitation and development of creativity and innovation in groups and individuals.
He is a PMP accredited, experienced project manager. blending his innovation skills with traditional project management to produce techniques that allow not only the generation of solutions to business problems but also the development of viable plans for implementation of those ideas.
Using skills and techniques learned and homed in his 20+ years in industry, he has developed this creative problem-solving training course. The course is based on a model (called The Concept Garden) for creative problem-solving and decision making. The model uses a gardening analogy to set the individual tools into context. It introduces tools for preparation (understanding the problem and the business context), planting seeds (generating and developing ideas for potential action), thinning (selecting the ideas or options that are most useful), growing (developing the ideas/options into concepts for final solutions) and harvesting (preparing the concepts for implementation of a solution or decision).
Billy lives in Perth, Scotland. As a diversion from work Billy is a keen birdwatcher and of course gardener!