Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
February 16, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 04

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 514

In this issue

1) What can one conclude about becoming agile?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What can one conclude about becoming agile?

by Daniel J. Power and Ciara Heavin

Agile is often better than bureaucratic. Agile values and principles, when internalized, do help cope with a volatile, uncertain, changing, and ambiguous situation. Agile values enhance the project development process and promote communication both horizontally and vertically throughout an organization. Agile practices enhance innovation through high-performance multidisciplinary teams and ensure business value by direct client involvement throughout the entire delivery process, eg., Paquette and Frankl (2015). Also, an organization's "transition from a plan-based approach to Agile should result in the reduction of management overhead and lessen the burden of formalities from your creative development team." (See SoftwareTestingHelp (2019) article).

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

02/12/2020 Aviso names former top Salesforce Einstein researcher as Chief Data Scientist. Check release.

02/12/2020 New study: AI helps organizations grow profits 80 percent faster. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. IFIP WG8.3 Decision Support 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland, June 24-26, 2020. Check release.

2. Call for Papers AMCIS 2020 SIGDSA, August 12-16, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah. Submission begins January 6, 2020. Check release.

3. KDD 2020 will convene in San Diego, California Aug. 22-27, 2020. Check release.

4. 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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