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Analytical Problem Solving Workshop 1

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 27 April 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member: €345
    Non-Member: €425

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.


  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1


Analytical Problem Solving (APS) Workshop 1 covers the key elements for obtaining a robust Problem Statement followed by Problem Characterisation and Model Identification – as part of a High-Performance Team (HPT).

APS Workshop 2 will cover Model Validation (including Hypothesis testing), Model RPN, Solutions and Alternate Solutions, Cost Benefit and Risk Analysis, Standardisation and Sharing Learnings (Knowledge Capture).


The primary purpose of this Workshop is to inform the participant of Analytical Problem Solving Frameworks and Tools. The workshop takes the learner through a logical sequence which can be followed for Business, Service and Engineering problems (both discrete and integrated). For each step in the process a number of tools will be suggested and outlined. The course is heavily weighted towards case studies and team exercises.


Trainer's Learning Approach

The workshop is designed to be practical and attendees will complete a number of Instructor led exercises both individually and in teams.

Tools covered and applied include:

5Ws and 1H
Basadur Analysis
Direct Observation
What we know/don’t know
Kepner-Tregoe Problem Analysis
Segmentation Condition and Properties Trees
Resource Analysis
Supporting Documentation (A3s, ARs etc) and Executive Summary

Course Program

Module 1 Analytical, and Inventive thinking methodologies - An Overview
Problem Types - Discrete and Integrated problem differences
Module 2 Analytical Problem Solving Frameworks
What to use, when and where
Module 3 The Role of Critical Thinking in all stages of the process
Module 4 Picking your Team 
Module 5 Detection and Containment Strategies and Tactics
Module 6 Importance of the Problem Statement and Tools to use.        Understanding Variation and including as part of a problem              statement
Module 7 Choosing your Metrics for Impact, Success Criteria, Severity etc. and the role of robust statistical analysis for all steps of the process
Module 8 Problem Characterisation and Model Identification.


Trainer Profile

Paul Comiskey has spent 38 years working in Military, Marine, Academic and Industry Organisations.

He is a qualified Engineer (practicing) and Physicist (MSc) and holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from CAMMS.
He has worked in the USA, Japan, China, the Middle East and Europe as both an Engineer and Manager.
He possesses specific expertise in Semi-conductor Fabrication and Physics, Knowledge Management, Analytical Problem Solving (APS), Inventive Thinking (TRIZ), Systems and Critical Thinking and practices and teaches in Industry and at Universities in both Ireland and Asia (China).

Make a Booking

27 April 2020


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.