Effective Business Decisions Course

Description: Making effective decisions is the key to success of any organization in today’s very competitive and complicated marketplace, and that relies on solid, fast decisions made by confident decision makers.  However, all too often, we make the decision too late, too early or not at all.  Opportunities we should have seized have passed us by, and problems that were truly important get ignored.  Effective decisions are made at all levels of your organization, so whether you are a business analyst, business partner, IT project partner, or at some level of management, you have the opportunity to impact your organization in a positive way by developing effective decision making skills. 

In this dynamic, hands-on workshop, we will give you the tools and enhance your skills to address how to stop spinning out of control, prevent the meeting to have a meeting to have a meeting to have a meeting because you cannot make a decision syndrome, analysis paralysis and additional barriers to effective decision making.  We will work through key strategies that you can immediately apply to the work you do in your organization today.  One bad decision can lead to acquisitions, mergers and layoffs, and isn’t that too high a price to pay?

Length: 1-Day

CDU/PDU: Earn 7 CDU/PDU for both IIBA and PMI certification

Perquisites: We recommend the Introduction to Business Analysis course or equivalent experience.

Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone that wants to improve at making better business decisions for their organization. 


  • Define what good decision making is

  • Identify the types of decisions made in organizations

  • Understand the business drivers of your organization

  • Understand how to align decisions across the organization, business and IT

  • Learn new techniques to help with making solid business decisions

  • Establish criteria for the decision

  • Learn to effectively communicate the business decision

Course Topics

  • Understand key business drivers to ensure you make better decisions

  • How to model business analysis to show how organizations create value for customers

  • Alignment between IT and business units

  • Identify trends and shifts in the organization, and at program and project levels

  • Assess and improve alignment of activities to goals and objectives

  • Identify and diagnose business problems to provide greater focus while making decisions

  • Isolate problems from the solution

  • Evaluate structure, approach and accuracy of root cause analysis

  • Prioritize to prevent recurring problems

  • Establish criteria that ensures solutions meet business needs

  • Evaluate solution/decision options to make the best decision possible

  • Removing barriers to effective decision making

  • Making the effective decision

  • Communicating the decision effectively


business analyst IIBA endorsed education provider

The Uncommon League is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider.  This course is aligned with the BABOK 3.0.

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Bob Prentiss

Bob Prentiss

Enterprise Solutions Instructor - Bob Prentiss is our fearless leader and innovator. Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn and work differently. Bob is an awesome trainer, speaker, mentor, coach, and author. Collector of all things dragon related and Dr. Who fan. Bob is CBAP certified with 25+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. Bob is an award winning curriculum developer. Bob has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA MSP Chapter.