Train the Trainer (TTT) Session

The Train the Trainer session is for the advanced attendees in the Best Value Approach. The  session is updated annually by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi with the latest improvements of the past year. The Train the Trainer Session utilizes the application of PIPS and IMT to resolve issues that arise in organizations and supply chains.

*Note: all attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the Train the Trainer exam, however not all attendees will be able to participate in the Train the Trainer session. The general session will cover all material needed to pass the TTT exam. Due to the curriculum and format of the TTT session, there will be limited seating available.

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Session Layout

Breakout Session

The TTT attendees will participate in part of the general session. However, during portions of the general session the TTT attendees will participate in break out  sessions. These break out sessions will be in a smaller group setting conducted by an A+ BV certified individual and supervised by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi. The break out sessions will include:

  • Small group discussion with other advanced users of Best Value
  • Rigorous education and problem solving exercises on advanced BV topics
  • Q & A with Dr. Kashiwagi

Details for TTT Session

  • There is a limit of 40 attendees for the TTT session.
  • Priority of seats will be given based on the following four criteria in their respective order:
    1. A+ certified Individuals
    2. Individuals, who have passed the latest TTT exam
    3. Individuals representing a licensed entity
    4. Individuals being mentored by an A+ individual
  • It is mandatory that all TTT attendees prepare and submit a case study by November 30th and are eligible to receive an additional 5% on their TTT exam score if their case study is used during the TTT session. (see below for details)

TTT Case study Information

A large portion of the TTT session will be small group discussion of real-life case studies of problems that BV experts are experiencing. TTT attendees are required to submit a case study that will be distributed to all TTT attendees before the conference and that may be discussed during the TTT sessions. Attendee must be prepared to answer any questions regarding their case-study.

The case study should address one of the following 6 areas:

  1. Creation of RFP / client requirement
  2. Client rating of selection phase submittals
  3. Vendor creation of selection phase submittals
  4. Interview
  5. Clarification phase
  6. Execution phase

The case study should be submitted as a word document and should be a maximum of 1 page which explains the background information, identification of the problem and proposed/implemented solution.

Registration into the TTT session is confirmed upon receiving attendees BV case study. Attendee will be notified if they have a guaranteed spot in the TTT session upon receiving case study. [all A+ certified individuals that submit their case study by the due date have a guaranteed spot].

Optional TTT Paper Submission

Attendees who are planning to take the TTT exam may submit a paper [in word format] on a BV case study to receive up to 10% on their TTT exam score. All submitted papers will be compiled and distributed to Best Value Conference Attendees at the conclusion of the conference. Guidelines for the papers include:

  • Minimum 5-page length.
  • Professionally written [References cited properly, correct grammar and spelling, well formatted].
  • Includes an introduction, background information, problem/case, proposed solution, what was done, lessons learned and conclusion/recommendations.
  • What was done should include the MEAT scoring, the clarification period details, unique things about the case and unique metrics in the selection, clarification, and execution phase if completed.

Scoring of the papers will be based on a 1 [0%], 5 [+5%], and 10 [+10%] rating system. A “1” rating reflects a paper that does not follow the described guidelines and is incomplete. A “5” rating reflects a paper that meets the described guidelines but lacks dominant impact to the BV community and/or dominant metrics. A “10” rating reflects a paper that has dominant impact to the BV community and/or dominant metrics.

Papers submitted in advance will be reviewed and sent back with corrections if any information is unclear or missing. The paper deadline is December 1st, after which the papers will be graded and returned by January 8th.

For more details or questions on the Train the Trainer Session email Isaac Kashiwagi at