Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
April 14, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 08

In this issue

1) Why is agile important?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Why is agile important?

by Daniel J. Power and Ciara Heavin

Agile hype continues to grow and some see agile as a solution to every problem (cf., Ambroziewicz, 2017; Mandir, 2018). Agile started as an approach to software development, an alternative to the software development life cycle (SDLC) framework, and it has become much more. Agile is not a magic bullet to solve every problem, rather agile is a mindset, a way of thinking, a framework for action taking, a goal, and a journey to more contingent processes, higher performance, and potentially value creation. There are multiple agile methods, e.g., Scrum, Kanban, and XP, that serve different purposes. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development (Beck, et al, 2001) does not discard the structures and processes of prior methods, rather Agile is an enhancer, a way to do some tasks better and faster. An agile process isn't appropriate for every task. For example, strategic decision making about irreversible alternatives should not be agile, rather the decision process should be systematic, slow and deliberate, and based upon merit, metrics, objective judgement, and awareness of possible consequences, cf., Ambroziewicz, 2017; Bezos, 2017. In many cases however, the processes for reversible decisions should be more agile, higher velocity, and even opportunistic.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

04/10/2019 BidPrime unveils powerful research tool to improve decision-making by vendors pursuing government bid/RFP opportunities. Check release.

04/08/2019 Techman Robot unveiled at Chicago Automate 2019. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Conference: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check

2. Predictive Analytics World, MEGA-PAW Las Vegas, June 16-20. The premier machine learning conference. Check

3. 30th European Conference on Operational Research, June 23-26, Dublin, Ireland. Check

4. Call For Papers: 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019, Full Paper Deadline: May 15, 2019. Check release.

5. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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Power & Heavin (2018) argue "Digital disruption is accelerating. Implementing a successful digital transformation strategy requires that senior managers make trade-off decisions to reinvent a business. Equally important all decision makers must learn to ask the right questions, use data and computer support in decision making, and increase their knowledge and skills. Creating a data-centric culture and rewarding data-based decision making leads to successful digital transformation."


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