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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Great Business Analysts “Think Like a Freak”

In today's competitive market, employers increasingly depend on business analysts to act as change agents. This puts BAs in the powerful position of influencers—providing the analysis and evidence needed to support an organization’s strategic direction and decision-making. In their book, Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner provide a blueprint for critical thinking, offering to “retrain our brains” toward a new approach to problem-solving. Faye Thompson explores this framework and how the popular economists have used it to analyze complex economic problems. Faye then ties that framework to analysis techniques that can help us formulate and dissect our own complex business problems. Fans of the Freakonomics series will learn how to become more inquisitive, investigative, and thorough. Leave with practical, concrete ideas of how you can think like a freak—as soon as you return to the office.

Faye Thompson
CareWorks Tech

With more than eighteen years of project delivery experience, Faye Thompson, JD, PSMI, is a senior agile consultant with CareWorks Tech. Focusing on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, and automotive industries. Passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, Faye helps workgroups transform into highly engaged and energized teams. She enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Central Ohio Agile Association, volunteering as an instructor and emergency medical responder for the American Red Cross, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.