Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
September 29, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 20

Inaugural newsletter issue May 10, 2000, this is issue 505

In this issue

1) How do collaboration tools support agile teams?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How do collaboration tools support agile teams?

by Daniel J. Power

Agile philosophy emphasizes collaboration and communication among team members and with clients and other stakeholders. A wide variety of computer-based software has been developed that is identified as collaboration and communication tools. This umbrella category is used for software and online services that support people who are working together on common projects across time zones, long distances, and at various physical locations. A collaboration tool can be as simple as email and as complex as sophisticated, multiuser project management software applications. Managers must understand the benefits and limitations of collaboration tools and should be familiar with software available to support teams. This discussion is a review and it suggests guidelines for choosing the right tool(s) for a specific team project.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

09/26/2019 AlphaSense unveils notebook feature to capture strategic insights and facilitate knowledge sharing. Check release.

09/25/2019 TIBCO strengthens commitment to providing cloud-native, open, and AI-driven solutions. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Call for AMCIS 2020 SIGDSA Mini-Track Proposals, August 12 - 16, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah. Check release.

2. 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019. Check site.

3. Call for Papers: IFIP WG8.3 Decision Support 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland. Deadline December 15, 2019. Check release.

4. KDD 2020 will convene in San Diego, California Aug. 22-27, 2020. 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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