Austhink Making Complex Reasoning Appear Simpler

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Published on November 27, 2008

Author: KMBAusthink

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Austhink design, and develop, specialist software and training to improve and communicate complex reasoning, making it appear simpler.
These tools assists professionals, from all business backgrounds, to quickly capture, clarify and communicate their thinking and recommendations to others.

“ Any fool can take what is simple and make it appear complex. What requires real ingenuity is to take what is complex and make it appear simple.” - Albert Einstein Making the complex appear simple Next ->

Austhink? Next ->

Austhink’s founder This is Dr Tim van Gelder - a cognitive scientist and leading critical thinking researcher. With 20 years dedicated to the topic, Tim developed a simple and practical methodology for teaching critical thinking. He called his approach Argument Mapping, Next ->

Testing Tim Funded by the Australian Research Council, Tim’s research was tested through the Reason! Project at The University of Melbourne between 2000-2004. Undergraduate students practiced reasoning using Tim’s argument mapping methodology, supported by our first software package, Reason!Able. Next ->

The students’ critical thinking skills were then measured using the independent and objective California Critical Thinking Skills Test. Next -> The test website for those interested: http://www.insightassessment.com/test-cctst.html

Unparalleled success! Next -> The results of the 5 year study indicates that instruction using the Reason! argument mapping approach improves critical thinking: 8 times more than standard university instruction, and approximately double that of the best traditional courses. Further independent and objective reading for those interested: Twardy, C. R., (2004). Argument Maps Improve Critical Thinking Teaching Philosophy, 27:2

Next -> That is the equivalent of each student gaining 12 IQ points in a single semester!

Austhink have continued to design, and develop, specialist visualisation software and training to improve and communicate complex reasoning, making it appear simpler. Next ->

Next -> Visualization software? isn’t that like Mind Mapping? …

This is a Mind Map Next ->

Mind Maps are a visual representation of the creators exploratory thinking. Mind maps are used intuitively to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas. They are a great place to start. Next ->

So we have a great idea, what next? Next ->

We must discipline it! Next ->

Analyze it against other ideas and options, weigh up the pros and cons, test the supporti ng and opposing arguments, & provide evidence . Next ->

That sounds like hard work! Next ->

It was … however, Austhink have created a tool that now makes it easier and even enjoyable ! Next -> Yay! ...

That tool is Next ->

bCisive assists professionals, from all business backgrounds, to quickly capture, clarify and communicate their thinking and recommendations to others. Next ->

What is bCisive ? Professional analysis and mapping software for: Argument Mapping Decision Making Problem Solving Capturing Data Communicating reasoning and recommendations Next ->

Professional analysis and mapping software for:

Argument Mapping

Decision Making

Problem Solving

Capturing Data

Communicating reasoning and recommendations

Supports strategic consultancy techniques Minto Pyramid Principle™ Logic and Issue Trees Hypothesis Mapping Uses universally recognisable elements Offers graphic representation to clarify abstract reasoning Next -> Supports strategic consultancy techniques Minto Pyramid Principle™ Logic and Issue Trees Hypothesis Mapping Uses universally recognisable elements Offers graphic representation to clarify abstract reasoning

Supports strategic consultancy techniques

Minto Pyramid Principle™

Logic and Issue Trees

Hypothesis Mapping

Uses universally recognisable elements

Offers graphic representation to clarify abstract reasoning

Supports strategic consultancy techniques

Minto Pyramid Principle™

Logic and Issue Trees

Hypothesis Mapping

Uses universally recognisable elements

Offers graphic representation to clarify abstract reasoning

This is an example of a bCisive decision map Next ->

With bCisive individuals and businesses can capture, record, clarify, train and communicate thinking. Next ->

Bring together information Get all the issues in one workspace all relevant information all supporting documents Avoid lost productivity in searching for key information. Capture Next ->

Establish a repository of past deliberations Re-use arguments and approaches Share and disseminate knowledge widely Record Next -> Higher efficiency Less cost Greater output =

Clarify Facilitates situational analysis Offers a standardized rigorous approach Highlights missing information Allows exploration of options Promotes testing of arguments Next ->

Facilitates situational analysis

Offers a standardized rigorous approach

Highlights missing information

Allows exploration of options

Promotes testing of arguments

Develop critical thinking skills Structure information Build confidence Train Next ->

Develop critical thinking skills

Structure information

Build confidence

Communicate Rapid, easy and engaging way to explain: Analysis Thinking Recommendations Produce compelling presentations Invite collaboration Helps you and your clients decide on a course of action Next ->

Rapid, easy and engaging way to explain:

Analysis

Thinking

Recommendations

Produce compelling presentations

Invite collaboration

Helps you and your clients decide on a course of action

Clarity of reasoning and logic Better thinking Quicker decision making Less chance of error Easy identification of key lines of argument Focused debate Reduced time spent reworking papers/reports Enhanced communications with stakeholders This leads to Next -> Wow! ...

Clarity of reasoning and logic

Better thinking

Quicker decision making

Less chance of error

Easy identification of key lines of argument

Focused debate

Reduced time spent reworking papers/reports

Enhanced communications with stakeholders

And the pot of gold… Next ->

… be first over the line, every time Next -> ● confidence ● productivity ● collaboration ● consensus ● engagement ● buy-in ● new business ● recognition

To download and explore bCisive please visit our website www.bcisive.austhink.com Next ->

Katherine Brandenberger Corporate Software Manager Austhink Software Pty Ltd Email: [email_address] Level 9, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000 Direct: +61 3 8317 1002 ext. 109 | Fax: +61 3 9663 9720 Skype: katherine.brandenberger LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/katherinebrandenberger For more information, please contact: www.bcisive.austhink.com End

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