Decision Consulting Workshop

The Decision Consulting Workshop 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.

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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What Students are Saying

Recent feedback on the Decision Consulting Workshop:

“The best approach for obtaining a quick but comprehensive introduction to the disciplines of decision quality, decision analysis, and the dialogue decision process using a case-study format.”

“The instructors delivered insightful, well-organized content, reinforced by case-study exercises.”

“A well-thought-out and practical learning experience that truly challenged me and clearly elucidated the benefits of following a decision process.”

“I loved the analytic section of the training—exactly what I was hoping to learn!”

“A highly professional workshop presented by very knowledgeable people.”

“The workshop was very well-planned and executed. My objective—to learn new tools and apply them to real-world settings—was met!”