Decision Table Modeling with DMN Training

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Three 2 hour sessions plus homework
09:30 am PST – 11:30 am PST

When representing and analyzing business decisions in real business situations and processes, decision tables have always proven a powerful approach. Decision table methodology, however, is more than putting some rules in a few tables.  Hear all about proper methodology, table types, notations, best practices and the Decision Model Notation (DMN) standard, based on years of experience in modeling decisions.

This 3-part online live training class taught by leading decision table expert Jan Vanthienen of the University of Leuven will prepare you to model decision logic, business rules, using decision tables.

You will lean the concepts, objectives and application areas of decision tables for business analysis and business process management. You will see how to model and normalize decision table models and how they can simplify business processes. Mainly you will get many lessons from a long experience on how to build, analyze, verify and optimize decision table models according to simple guidelines.

Prerequisite: Decision Modeling with DMN or experience with decision modeling.

“Good decision tables have good structure, completeness, exclusivity, readability and correctness. They are normalized (factored) and focused on a specific, defined decision-making problem. And they are, of course, written in a standard way using DMN.

CourseLive Online Training Details

  1. Modeling Decisions with Tables
    1. The basic principles of decision tables
    2. Variations, types, layout
    3. Normalization, contraction, optimization
    4. The use of (S-)FEEL and glossary
  2. Decision Table Construction Methodology
    1. Consistency, Completeness, Correctness by design, not by verification after the facts
    2. A simple methodology to construct good decision tables
    3. The importance of non-redundancy
    4. Guidelines and typical patterns
  3. Applying Decision Modeling with Decision Tables
    1. Decisions, rules and processes
    2. Linking to Business Analytics
    3. Tools and documentation
    4. Experiences, pitfalls and recommendations:
      1. How to get started.
      2. How to recognize decision problems.
      3. How to avoid unmanageable tables.
      4. How to solve real business problems.

General Information

  • Live Session: This is live training. Recorded sessions will be available to registrants on the day of each session.
  • DecisionFirst Modeler:  It is recommended that participants use a decision modeling software for the exercises, but other diagramming software or paper and pencil can also be used. The course examples will be in a class installation of DecisionsFirst Modeler. Use of DecisionsFirst Modeler is optional, attendees can use other diagramming or modeling tools for the course exercises. The techniques taught are equally applicable.
  • Cancellation Policy: Registrations may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance of the first class. A 15% administrative fee will be retained if you choose to cancel. To cancel, please contact us.
  • Technology Check: The class will be conducted in Adobe Connect, a Flash-based environment. Please test your environment beforehand at https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. We will use chat and Q&A to communicate in the class but it is also helpful if we are able to have audio interactions. For audio interaction you need a microphone or headset connected to your computer and you need to have downloaded the Adobe Connect Add-in from the test URL above.
  • Audio: Audio plays through your computer speakers. Please have a microphone or headset available for your computer so you can interact during the class. You will be able to type questions and comments, but a headset or microphone allows for more interactivity.
  • If for any reason the class cannot take place as scheduled, you will be offered alternative training dates at the same price.

Registration

Next Session Coming Winter 2016/2017. Contact Us for more information.

“This kind of deductive reasoning will always be very useful when applied to various analytical pursuits.”

What are Decision Tables?

Decision tables are a well-established technique but experience, user interface and other technical improvements have made them increasingly mainstream. The basic premise is that a tabular layout of the logic in a decision (or in part of a decision) is far easier to understand, verify and execute than any textual description of the decision.

Who Should Attend

  • Process Analysts and Business Analysts looking to expand their knowledge of decision modeling.
  • Business Rules Analysts using decision tables to manage business logic.
  • Enterprise and Technical Architects developing business architecture models.
  • Project and Technology Managers running rules analysis programs.
  • Subject Matter Experts responsible for documenting business rules.

Professor Jan VanthienenAbout the Instructor

Jan Vanthienen is professor of information management at the Business Information Systems Group of KU Leuven (Belgium), where he is teaching and researching on business rules, processes and decisions. The area of business rules modeling, validation and verification, and decision modeling in the context of business process modeling has been his major area of research and expertise for many years. He is a regular speaker at BBC, where his nickname seems to be: not (just) the decision table guy.

Jan is also a recipient of an IBM Faculty Award, the Belgian Francqui Chair at FUNDP, a Best Paper award at The International RuleML Symposium and a Best Paper Nomination at the Fourth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems.

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