Decision Consulting Workshop

The Decision Consulting Workshop (DCW) is an essential step in building or growing an internal decision support group. SDG’s goal is to help your organization move away from decision-making based on “advocacy” by project champions and toward a more powerful, collaborative Dialogue Decision Process. This two-week workshop, SDG’s “basic training” for its own staff, teaches the group facilitation and decision analysis skills that SDG’s decision consultants use to guide organizations toward winning strategies.

What to expect

A two-week hands-on clinic for those leading or supporting decision processes.


September 9-20, 2024

Event Location

Attend in-person at our conference facility in the San Francisco Bay Area. The nearest airport is San Jose International. Other nearby airports include San Francisco and Oakland, California.

Course Fee

$19,500 which includes tuition, breakfasts, lunches, and all course books and materials. Professional software license provided for software used in the workshop including Monte Carlo simulation, waterfall charts, tornado diagrams, flying bar charts, decision trees, model-development template, and Excel function library. Significant discounts are available for corporate teams registering at the same time.

Contact Person

In case you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Henry Nguyen

Senior Practice Area Manager – Executive Education

Course Topics

Measuring decision quality

Facilitating Dialogue Decision Process project teams

Framing decision problems

Developing creative alternatives

Building spreadsheet-based decision models

Interviewing potentially biased experts

Identifying key sources of value and sources of risk

Analyzing alternatives

Using decision analysis software

Leading decision board dialogues


Participants receive free software for calculating and drawing tornado diagrams, waterfall charts, flying-bar charts, and decision trees. In addition, you will receive a template for creating powerful decision models in Excel and an “Excel function library” that contains many commonly used functions used in decision models. We will also arrange for a trial version of the probabilistic analysis software that we use in the workshop.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is beneficial to individuals and teams who are responsible for building their company’s internal decision quality capabilities. Many participants attend as part of a corporate team; discounts are available for teams registering at the same time.

DCW On-site

A private, in-house session of this program can be tailored to your company’s specific needs. DCW has successfully been offered in a “live-virtual” format, developed for clients who wanted to continue training during pandemic travel restrictions and now a standard format available.

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