Decision Support Framework


This approach is a basic decision support or data warehouse type approach. The approach is heavily data driven yet attempts to identify some finite set of decisions or queries.

Why and When?

Use this approach whenever a decision support system, query system, or system reliant on data extracts is being developed. This works for defining high level requirements before detailed design, high level requirements before buying a package, or detailed screen and report design. This hybrid approach spans analysis, general design, and design (the first two steps are analysis, the second two are general design, and the remaining are design).


Annotated agendas are intended for use by the facilitator and can extend up to twenty pages and larger.  They provide a play script of the context that needs to managed, typically in a partial day, full day, or multiple day workshop environment.  They stipulate in great detail the Purpose of each agenda step, the Questions to be addressed during each step, and the need place for multi-media support including movie files, PowerPoint slides, and large Post-It notes.  Each agenda step provides an estimated timeframe, summary statements, and additional notes.  MOST IMPORTANTLY each agenda step comes with a highly detailed method—HOW TO facilitate the deliverable with an emphasis on the analysis tool and HOW TO take lists and converge them into documents and consensually agreed upon findings, outputs, and actions.


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