NICF - Systems Thinking & Root Cause Analysis (SF)


Funding Type SSG Funded
Stackable To An Academic Qualification? NA
Name of Full Academic Qualification NA
Category Data Analytics
Audit/Graded Graded only
MC Not Applicable
Final Exam Not Applicable


Nb: The course has two versions – a special healthcare version, and a normal default version for all industry sectors. The details of the two versions are described below. Version for all industries: When we have difficult digitalisation problems to solve, it pays to have good frameworks and methods to allow the problem to be worked through systematically and successfully. For example, techniques to cater to Complicated problems such as tough technical problems (e.g. a mission critical system is down) where experts have difficulty finding the root cause Complex problems such as improving an organisation for which its mission-critical digital services fail repeatedly over time, and the organisation is not able to improve and minimise such incidents methods to handle an environment that is VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) such as to achieve digital transformation and/or create successful new digital services in spite of the VUCA environment or market analysing and creating or improving a complex stakeholder ecosystem for a digital service Chaotic problems such as Major incidents, disasters or crisis causing significant chaos to the organisation and its digital services This course will provide systems thinking and root cause analysis skills to cater to the above. Techniques covered will include Kepnor Tregoe; analysis and change of systems behaviour (e.g. via System Archetypes, causal loop mapping and ecosystem analysis and design); analysis and change of people behaviour (e.g. via understanding and changing mental models, understanding and working with cognitive biases, allies and adversaries analysis and approach); Cyenfin Framework approaches to complicated, complex and chaotic problems and how these are manifested in techniques such as Sense-making, Lean Startup and Design Thinking as well as in other techniques. Workshops will allow the participants to gain the skills in relevant approaches. Health Services Version: For practitioners working in healthcare or social care, the specially tailored ‘Systems Thinking and Root Cause Analysis for Health Services’ version of this course will be most relevant. The course will teach the tools and strategies to help inform decision making in complex situations and especially help participants grapple with the unique challenges associated with care settings. The health services course includes application of tools and strategies to integrated care models as well as mapping different decision-making domains to the macro, meso and micro levels of healthcare systems. The course is designed to support participants in framing their challenges within the macro level of the system, and scoping their solutions down to meso or micro levels. ‘Systems Thinking and Root Cause Analysis for Health Services’ is offered as a standalone course. It is also one of the five stackable training courses that make up the NUS Professional Diploma in Smart Health Leadership. Upon completion of all five stackable training courses, participants are expected to undertake a capstone project in order to achieve the Professional Diploma award. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to: - Understand the importance, and key principles, of systems thinking for organisational decision making; - Devise appropriate solutions to delivery challenges, based on systems thinking research, analysis, and sense making; - Understand the importance of, and opportunities for, stakeholder engagement through the systems thinking process; - Determine when and how to apply a variety of systems thinking tools, templates, frameworks and checklists; - Apply relevant techniques to find the root cause of an incident and to generate ideas for preventive measures to avoid the recurrence of the incident.

Who Should Attend

This 2 day programme is intended for those who wish to acquire skills in solving difficult problems. This course is suitable for decision makers, Managers, Professionals in technical and other domains as well as those working within transformation functions, including innovation teams and quality improvement teams.

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites: This is an intensive, intermediate course. Participants with some prior years of experience working with different functional teams in an organization will benefit more from the course. However, no specific technical or management skills are required. For the healthcare version of this course [NICF-Systems Thinking & Root Cause Analysis (SF) for Health Services] comprises one of five modules making up the NUS Professional Diploma in Smart Health Leadership. It is applicable to anyone working within healthcare or social care services.

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