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The-Decision-Model-Article-1 ... As a business analyst, consider this important question.

Can We Deliver Less, Get More, and Do It Faster?

Last time, we proposed that, with business rules, we surely can. The traditional way we manage business rules is time-consuming. It focuses on details rather than the bigger picture. The details are the business rules themselves - expressed, analyzed, approved, and stored in a safe place. But, viewed as details, they lose momentum, postponed until design or implementation. Perhaps we deliver too much too early. But, we can do it differently by delivering less up front and evolving it into something more important.

The-Decision-Model-Article-1 ... This column provides information to Modern Analyst readers regarding the OMG and its interest in decision models.

The-Decision-Model-Article-1 ... Software engineering is a much younger discipline than are other branches of engineering. We see this in the continuing evolution of attitudes and approaches to requirements. In early days, there were no requirements. In later days, there were volumes of approved textual statements. Eventually, there were formal models. Today, sometimes models and statements are merely interim deliverables because code becomes the requirements.

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In April of 2010, we understood the concern about the lack of software tools to support The Decision Model. At that time, the book was five months old and knowledge of The Decision Model was new to most people. However, as 2010 draws to a close, the predictions proved true. Software support is no longer lacking! In fact, The Decision Model is supported by excellent software from visionary vendors, with more software coming. This two-part column looks at Decision Model software available today and what we know to be on the immediate horizon.

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In Part two, we look at decision model software today and in the near future. However, we first point out two important distinctions between previous business rules approaches and the Decision Model Approach because these distinctions are relevant to software.

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In this article, David Pedersen explains a project completed in the financial services industry.  A client asked him to lead a project to redesign a failed sub-process that had resulted in billions of dollars of backed up financial transactions.  This particular financial process had a history of failed and abandoned process improvement projects. 

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The Decision Model in practice has delivered many unanticipated, but positive surprises. The most obvious and powerful surprise is how it drastically simplifies process models. In fact, we regularly receive unsolicited messages from people who experience this effect.

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Inspired by a recent discussion in The Decision Model Group, this article focuses on the emerging role of decision models on Agile projects. While Chapter 6 of our book introduces a connection between decision models and Agile development, The Decision Model Group takes it one step further based on recent experiences.

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The number of successes with The Decision Model is escalating. Organizations are using The Decision Model to solve a range of business challenges and opportunities including some we did not expect. Therefore, this month we summarize three real world projects to illustrate how organizations are using decision models and how quickly project teams are delivering them.

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I am not a poker player. This is probably wise since my grandfather lost the family farm one night in a poker game. Sadly, as the story goes, he never won it back. This caused me to wonder how he made the decision to bet the farm on a game. Which decision-making mechanisms were at play? Which were flawed? In addition, more likely, which had shut down for the evening?

 
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