This workbook includes many practice exercises & sample solutions.

This book is a companion workbook for the Power of Logic. Each concept and tool described in the book has accompanying exercises in the workbook along with sample solutions. While the logic tools are straightforward in concept, the real challenge lies in applying them to your own work. The key to applying them well, of course, is practice.

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Suggestions for making the most out of the book:

  • Assume you can start anywhere – you do not have to follow any particular sequence.
  • Take 30 minutes, take an hour, take a few hours – you do not have to devote extended time to do these. Some of the exercises can be completed during a lunch break.
  • Find a friend to work with rather than doing them by yourself.
  • Set goals and plan a practice schedule. Just like your physical exercise program, you likely
    will need sheer discipline to continue after the initial enthusiasm wanes.

Suggestions for applying these tools to your daily work:

  • Remember that the thinking time you put in up front will reduce production time (e.g., PowerPoint
    slides) on the back end. Don’t jump too early into production.
  • Set up a buddy system for testing your end products. Ask your buddy to check the logic of your
    issue trees, pyramids, and storyboards BEFORE you touch PowerPoint to produce charts.
  • Use your issue trees to appropriately negotiate scope. Project owners are often fuzzy in their
    own minds as to what they want you to address until they have seen an issue tree.
  • Use early storyboarding (based on hypotheses) to help drive analytical work. The analysis
    need not be completed to create a storyboard.
  • Test your ideas with the audience before the day of the meeting (sometimes called pre-selling).

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