Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
May 12, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 10

In this issue

1) How does one become agile?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How does one become agile?

by Daniel J. Power

Agile is not a binary concept, rather each of us, our teams, and our organizations act and behave on a continuum that descriptively ranges from awkward, brittle, bureaucratic, rigid, and fixed to graceful, nimble, lively, quick-moving, vigorous, and extremely agile. Agile and other related terms describe how we work with others, how we interact, and how we think about others and our World. Some of us are extremely agile in our interactions, while others among us are slower to change and adapt, even awkward in our interactions. With software projects, agile is often more likely to result in success than more structured life cycle approaches (Chaos Report, 2011). Agile is a learned state of mind and a way of thinking. To become more agile we must learn and practice Agile thinking, understand the process, and then master the process.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

05/09/2019 Verikai launches predictive score to speed underwriting for SMBs in group health. Check release.

05/07/2019 Conservis launches zone economics tool for farmers. 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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