NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Pre-Conference Tutorial | Room: Forum 3-5

A Methodology for Modeling Decisions Using Tables

Presented by: Jan Vanthienen

This tutorial takes you through decision table methodology, including best practices, examples and experiences with different decision representations, for modeling decision rules by business experts in real business situations (insurance, legislation, credit scoring, operating procedures, …).

Business decisions are important, but are often hidden in process flows and process activities. Separating decisions from the process simplifies the process model. The new DMN (Decision Model and Notation) standard emphasizes the importance of business decisions, and also offers a standard notation and expression for decision requirements and decision logic.

Decision logic modeling can take many forms, depending on the the decision at hand, but decision tables are an important element. Decision tables have always been known for their ability to offer a compact, readable and managable representation of decision logic. But many do not realize how the decision table concept has been refined throughout the years into a strict and powerful modeling technique (based on consistency by construction, normalization, completeness, correctness, …)..

What you will learn:

  • The concepts, objectives and application areas of decision tables for business analysis and business processes
  • An overview of advantages and disadvantages of different types of decision tables (different hit policies).
  • A simple 8 step method to construct good decision tables, starting from the description of the decision and leading to compact, normalized and optimized decision tables
  • But mainly: lessons from a long experience on how to build, analyze, verify and optimize decision table models according to simple guidelines.

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 Jan Vanthienen

Jan Vanthienen

Professor in Information Management
K.U. Leuven

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's 2016 Presentations:

  1. A Methodology for Modeling Decisions Using Tables
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
  2. WCDT Keynote: Decision Modeling for the Business Analyst
    Friday, November 4, 2016 (9:00 am – 10:00 am)

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