SP4Ed 13.07 Instructions for Session 3: A managers perspective of scenario planning

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In this session we explore published scenarios and their decision-making utility

Hi everyone,

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During this session, we will review a number of published scenarios from a manager's perspective. The idea is to select a scenario of your choice and to simulate the decisions you would take in your own context. As a group, we are likely to source scenarios of varying quality -- but that's the point. By looking at the strengths and weaknesses of published scenarios in terms of their respective decision-making utility we will get a better idea of the requirements for a "good" scenario before attempting to generate our own scenarios. If you find any scenarios which do not support decision-making in your context -- please share the reasons why in your blog post.

We're fortunate to have video signposts from university leaders who have used scenario planning in the real world taking our open course beyond the confines of theory.

You will find links to the relevant materials and activities for Session 3 on the Workshop schedule page (Click on the down arrow to reveal the outline for Session 3.)

Looking forward to reading the decisions you recommend based on your context and the scenarios you used.

Your facilitators
Niki and Wayne.