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Saturday, June 8

Full Day Workshops

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Find Your Thinking Profile

Instructor: Abdullah Khojah, CVS

Find Your Thinking Profile. Find Your VE Team’s Thinking Profile. What is Your Thinking Profile? Humans are natural innovators. Every day we solve new problems, meet new challenges and pursue new opportunities. To do that, we tap our creativity - our own unique blend of vision and curiosity, imagination and evaluation, analysis and risk taking. While every human is hard-wired to think creatively, we all do it differently. So, collaborating can be hard - or rewarding - depending on your level of awareness.  Find your Thinking Profile, via a powerful assessment (which is based on 20 years of research that reveals your personal preference for each phase of the creative thinking process that leads to innovation). 


Innovate with others Enhance Your Facilitation Skills Enhance Your Value Methodology Find about a powerful tool that can give you an insight of your own preference and the people you work with. Consider how you might collaborate more effectively with others. Those who understand thinking preferences can learn to leverage personal differences to unlock a group’s ability to solve problems, collaborate and achieve breakthrough results.


Answer the following questions to devise your individual plan for breakthrough innovation:

1. Who do you work with? What are their preferences?

2. Who do you find easiest to collaborate with? Who do you find most difficult to collaborate with? What factors are operating there? can you use to overcome that?

3. What are the preferences of the people you work with? What can you learn from them?

4. What do you need to keep in mind to make it easier for others to collaborate with you?

5. What do you need to keep in mind when managing others?

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PDUs = 8

Core Competency #3

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Cultural Influences on the Value Methodology

Instructor: Steven Kirk, CVS-Life, FSAVE, FAIA, PhD, LEED AP

This workshop examines cultural influences on the VM process with the goal of improving facilitation, communications, team dynamics and effectiveness of cross-cultural VM teams. It will also illustrate how recognizing cultural influences will lead to improved project design creativity and better VM study outcomes.


The basic determinants of Value, including function and performance are evaluated within the context of unfamiliar cultures.


Fundamental concepts and methodologies of VM are analyzed in relationship to primary cultural issues including social customs, habits, lifestyles, teaming, religion, communication, economics, and politics. Illustrations and discussions of these concepts will be provided from a series of case studies, including a Navajo Indian Nation in Arizona, a Cherokee Indian School in North Carolina, a Library Consensus VM Study in Washington DC, a Grand Canyon Civil Engineering VM Charrette in Arizona, a Resort Shopping Center in Spain, a Guggenheim Museum in the UAE, and a Commercial Office Building in Saudi Arabia.


In addition, this course will discuss doing business in other cultures. Topics include laws, customs, religious practices, selling services, marking, in-country teaming, RFP’s, resumes, level of effort, fees, contracts, insurance requirements, licenses, certification, taxes, and strategies for getting paid. Concepts discussed in this workshop will provide Value Specialists who practice in other countries and cultures with the insight and sensitivity to advance the objectives of VM in the expanding global economy. 

Member Rate:


8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PDUs = 8

Core Competency #3

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Choosing By Advantages Sound Decision Making - DAY 1*

Instructor: John Koga, CVS-Life, CM-Lean, AIA

Day 1 Fundamentals of Mutually-exclusive Decision Contexts (e.g. choosing one of many) based on Choosing By Advantages (CBA).


CBA is unified by specific definitions, principles, models and methods. It is compatible with value analysis. CBA can be used for a wide variety of situations.

* Attendance at Day 1 is prerequisite to Day 2.


(Day 2 is strongly recommended to get the remaining information.)



8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PDUs = 8

Core Competency #7

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