World Congress on Decision Tables

Thursday | 1:05pm - 2:05pm | Track
Room: Maple

World Congress on Decision Tables [WCDT]

Decision Analysis and Decision Tables: It’s All About Asking the Question


Speaker Photo: Ronald G.  Ross

Ronald G. Ross

Co-Founder & Principal, Business Rule Solutions, LLC

Executive Editor,




    Direct analysis of operational business decisions is an important technique for improving requirements gathering, complementing business process models, and providing a business-friendly front-end for creating decision tables. This presentation discusses what every professional needs to know about undertaking decision analysis effectively.

    Decision analysis involves identifying and analyzing key decisions in day-to-day business operations and capturing the decision logic used to support them. The end-product is decision logic in the form of decision structures, decision tables, and business rule statements.

    This presentation explains Question Charts (Q-ChartsTM), a simple diagramming technique for capturing the structure of decisions. It illustrates how to analyze and define the key elements of each decision and related dependencies. Finally, it shows how to avoid common pitfalls in creating decision tables. These innovative techniques have proven highly successful in organizations of many different types and sizes.

    • Improve your requirements process
    • Complement process models
    • Prepare for developing decision tables
    • Communicate more successfully with both the business side and IT
    • Coordinate decision tables with structured business vocabularies (fact models)
    • Take business analysis to the next level of capability


    Ronald G. Ross is Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rule Solutions, LLC(BRS), where he actively develops and applies the BABusinessSpeak methodology including RuleSpeak®, DecisionSpeak, and ConceptSpeak. Ron consults to companies worldwide through BRS.

    Ron is recognized internationally as the "father of business rules." He is the author of ten professional books including the groundbreaking first book on business rules The Business Rule Book in 1994. His newest are:

    ·       Building Business Solutions: Business Analysis with Business Rules(2nd edition) with Gladys S.W. Lam (2015, An IIBA® Sponsored Handbook).

    ·       Business Rule Concepts: Getting to the Point of Knowledge(4th edition, 2013).

    Ron serves as Executive Editor of BRCommunity.comand its flagship publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences world-wide. More than 50,000 people have heard him speak; many more have attended his seminars and read his books.

    Ron has served as Chair of the annual International Business Rules & Decisions Forumconference since 1997, now part of the Building Business Capability (BBC) conference. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group (BRG)in the 1980s, and an editor of its Business Motivation Model (BMM) standard and the Business Rules Manifesto. He is active in OMG standards development, with core involvement in SBVR. He was also a contributor to the IIBA’s BABOK v3.

    Ron holds a BA from Rice University and an MS in information science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

    For more information about Mr. Ross, visit, which hosts his blog.

    Tweets: @Ronald_G_Ross

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