"My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions."
Peter Drucker

JDA(SM) - pronounced “jad” - is a Joint Development Approach technique used to derive consensus among a variety of participants representing multiple, potentially conflicting, perspectives and needs. This highly efficient approach to conducting meetings is optimized to produce solutions that reflect the informed consensus of the group.

Benefits of JDA:

  • The work products reflect optimized decisions, not compromised decisions
  • The work products produced are of a higher quality in comparison to the time invested
  • There are fewer implementation and production surprises
  • Participants have buy-in and ownership of the solution
  • A common vocabulary and understanding emerges
  • “Red tape” and logistical delays are reduced
JDA is beneficial whenever consensus is required among a variety of participants. JDA has been effectively used for:
  • Gathering and Analyzing Business Requirements
  • Defining and Initiating Projects
  • Modeling business processes, objects, or events
  • Strategic Planning
  • Developing Marketing Plans
  • Product Development

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies’ JDA Facilitation Course will return to work with the skills necessary to plan and facilitate moderately complex group sessions using an instrumented and structured approach.

Course Outline:
Foundations of JDA
  • What is JDA?
  • What can JDA be used for?
  • Benefits of JDA
  • Costs of JDA
  • Obstacles of JDA
Participant Responsibilities
  • Sponsors
  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • Coach(es)
  • Recording Analysts
  • Facilitator(s)
Standard JDA Planning
  • Is JDA an Effective Technique?
  • Can the Organization Sustain a JDA?
  • Is JDA a Desirable Option?
  • Is the Deliverable Suitable for Group Development?
JDA Event Planning - Process
  • Determining the Participants
  • Developing the JDA Process
  • Determining the Instruments
  • Structuring the Activities
JDA Event Planning - Logistics
  • Scheduling the Activities
  • Staffing the Event
  • Planning the Facility, Resources, and Equipment
Conducting the Event
  • Tasks
  • Running the JDA
  • After the Event
  • Follow Up
Turn Around Document and Project Deliverables
  • Making the Output Usable
  • Creating the Turn Around Document
  • The Project Deliverable
Recording the JDA - Tips
  • Recording Analyst Assignments
  • Recording Analyst Responsibilities
  • How to Record the Session
  • Sample Document Templates
Facilitating the JDA - Tips
  • Conducting Oneself as a Facilitator
  • Using the Instrument
  • Directing Traffic
  • Common Situations to Be Handled
  • Handling Disagreements

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for anyone who needs to lead groups to consensus on important work product decisions including individuals doing business analysis, project definition, or group modeling sessions.

Course Prerequisites:
Business Object Modeling
Business Process Modeling - Documenting the "As-Is"

Course Duration:
Five Days

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Workbook and JDA Field Manual including Checklists and Templates

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