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I have trained a lot of practitioners in the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) - I am closing in on 1,000 decision modeling trainees now - and one of the interesting questions is always their motivation for using decision models. As I look back across all the folks I have trained, four motivations seem to bubble [...]

Continuing blogging from Building Business Capability and it's time for Jan Vanthienen to talk decision modeling for the business analyst. Jan is a leading researcher into decision modeling and decision tables at the University of Leuven. Observation 1: Decisions are important for business, not only processes. Too often, he says, the process is modeled with no [...]

Continuing with blogs from Building Business Capability I am self-blogging the session I co-presented with David Herring, who leads the Process Transformation and Decision Management Program at a leading Northern California Healthcare organization, on “Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling”. David works at a large not-for-profit health plan that does everything from inpatient, to home [...]

An additional blog post here on a session at Building Business Capability that I missed - Business Analysis for Data Science teams. I know Susan Meyer who presented it and we talked several times about her presentation. It's a really key topic so I wanted to present a summary. Here goes: There is a lot [...]

Continuing to blog from Building Business Capability 2016 I am listening to Railin talking about next steps afterr getytingh funding for rules and process improvement. Railinc is a SaaS company supplying software to the rail industry. Railinc is modernizing how it implements rules and processes in their applications. The program covers all 6 product lines and [...]

AllAnalytics recently asked its readers "What is the greatest danger spot for analytics projects?" and the results are pretty clear. Here's a snapshot (the percentages have been pretty stable): Top of the heap is "Identifying the Business Problem" with over 40% Then it's a close run thing between "Data sourcing" and "Putting data into action", both at 20% [...]

I am giving a tutorial on Decision Modeling with DMN at this year's Building Business Capability conference and there's still time to register for it. Decision modeling is fast becoming a must know technique for business analysts and business architects. Decision modeling aligns processes, business rules and data in the most optimal way possible. When [...]

We have a set of online training coming up in July: Introduction to Decision Management to introduce the key concepts and terminology of Decision Management and provide a framework for successful business rules and analytic projects Decision Modeling with DMN to learn how to model requirements using the Decision Model and Notation standard, the cornerstone technique for [...]

There is a great article from Bain and Company from 2013 that Elena Makurochkina (@elenamdata) pointed me to today - Infobesity: The enemy of good decisions. This is not only a fabulous phrase - infobesity feels viscerally correct as soon as you see it - but a great article too. Some quotes: Companies have overindulged in information. Some [...]

One of the most persistent problems with decision modeling in my experience is the tendency of people to think of decision modeling as a one-time requirements effort. Many teams are convinced that building a decision model using the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard (white paper here) is going to help them with their business rules [...]

We are running our regularly scheduled, and highly reviewed, Decision Modeling with DMN training again July 19-21, 9:30am-11:30am Pacific each time. Decision modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is fast becoming the definitive approach for building more effective processes and for specifying requirements for business rules and predictive analytic projects. With decision modeling, [...]

I am giving a webinar on Decision Modeling with DMN for RedHat JBoss BRMS Thursday May 26th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific in which I will demonstrate the new integration capability of DecisionsFirst Modeler Enterprise Edition with RedHat JBoss BRMS. In the webinar I will Introduce Decision Modeling with DMN Discuss the new integration of DecisionsFirst Modeler [...]

As Jan and I work on our book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN, we have been discussing some of the common misconceptions about decision modeling that we’ve encountered among adopters. This is going to be one of the chapters in the book, in which we analyze misguided applications of decision modeling and their consequences, but [...]

I am giving a tutorial at this year's Building Business Capability Conference on Decision Modeling with DMN Decision modeling is fast becoming a must know technique for business analysts and business architects. Decision modeling aligns processes, business rules and data in the most optimal way possible. When analytics or business rules need to be integrated [...]

One of the interesting and useful things about the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard for decision models is how it handles the data required by a decision. Simply put, a Decision in DMN may have any number of Information Requirements and these define its data dependencies - the Decision requires this information to be available if the [...]

One of the fun things going on over at the Decision Management Community is a series of challenges based on various real or real-ish problems. For each the site encourages folks to develop and submit a decision model to show how the problem described could be solved. This month there was one on Port Clearance Rules [...]

Jan Purchase of LuxMagi and I are working away on our new book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN and one of the questions we have been asking ourselves is who we are aiming the book at - who builds decision models? Jan had a great post on Who Models Business Decisions? recently to address this question and I wanted [...]

Besides working on Real World Decision Modeling with DMN  I recently contributed a piece on the use of decision modeling for framing predictive analytics to The Big Analytics Book, a book being produced by the folks at AnalyticsWeek. AnalyticsWeek rounded up 60+ thought leaders in analytics, including yours truly, and got us all to write a [...]

As you may have noticed I am working on a new book - Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN - with Jan Purchase. Yesterday Jan had a great blog post - Why Decision Modeling? (In 1000 Words). Jan makes some great points, emphasizing the value of  decision modeling with DMN in: Transparency of the logic Separation  of [...]

I am pleased to announce a new Decision Table Modeling online training offering taught by Professor Jan Vanthienen, a leading decision table expert. We are running a pilot of this class February 2-4 an you can get details, and a great price, here. To give you a taste of Jan's approach, here's a guest article by him. [...]