Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
August 4, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 16

In this issue

1) When are checklists useful decision aids?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) When are checklists useful decision aids?

by Daniel J. Power

Checklists are especially helpful in complex environments, but a poorly designed checklist hinders decision making and task performance. A checklist is an organized set of features, questions, or attributes that when consulted during task performance or decision making is intended to reduce errors and omissions by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention. A checklist helps ensure consistency and completeness in carrying out a task. A basic example of a checklist is a "grocery shopping list" or a "to-do list". A checklist may be used repeatedly and refined, it may be created for a less structured task or specific circumstances. A checklist may be refined, tested and validated or it may be based upon anecdotes and experience.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

08/01/2019 Salesforce completes acquisition of Tableau. Check release.

07/29/2019 Experts analyze 4 strategies to monetize your data and gain competitive edge. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019. Check release.

2. 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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