Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
March 1, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 05

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 515

In this issue

1) What are common barriers and challenges to becoming agile?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What are common barriers and challenges to becoming agile?

by Daniel J. Power and Ciara Heavin

Any major change is always somewhat challenging and becoming agile and doing agile is a major change. Transitioning to an agile mindset from a bureaucratic mindset is especially challenging. People and culture are major barriers that hinder organizational transformation to become agile, cf., Krill (2013). Attitude and behavioral changes are difficult, people develop bad habits and often an organization's culture is reinforcing. So organization culture can be a major barrier and hence a challenge. A lack of experienced agile leaders is sometimes a barrier or an excuse.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

02/26/2020 Tableau 2020.1 delivers community-driven features, including dynamic parameters, visualization animations and administrative tools. Check release.

02/25/2020 Data management fundamentals are the first step towards advanced data practices, new CompTIA report reveals. 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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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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