So You Think You Have the Right Data?

Andrea Dickens is a Decision Analysis Group Leader at Unilever’s Finance Academy. Andrea joined Unilever in 1988 as a statistician. Since then she has had a number of roles in Unilever, but all with one thing in common: managing and analysing uncertainty.

Andrea now leads the Decision Analysis Group, which has been developing and applying a wide range of decision analysis techniques. These techniques have been deployed on probabilistic business cases and complex decision problems throughout Unilever. The group also leads the development and rollout of training courses for Unilever Managers in Decision Making techniques, and provides coaching to course participants. In addition, the Decision Analysis Group has an internal consultancy role where they provide facilitative leadership to analyse complex business decisions. These tend to be the large, difficult and sensitive problems, high stake one-off decisions, or problems that cross organisational boundaries.

Ms. Dickens will present a case study next week at the 2009 Palisade Conference: Risk Analysis, Applications, & Training, 21 – 22 October at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City (10 minutes by PATH from Manhattan’s Financial District).

See the abstract for her case study below, and see the full schedule for the Conference here.

So You Think You Have the Right Data?

Have you often wondered how good your data is? Collecting data about future uncertainties from experts has a number of hidden traps. In this interactive session we will make you aware of some of the most common sources of bias, and suggest ways to overcome them.

Next week: October 21-22 in NYC

Building on the success of last year’s record-breaking event, the conference will offer a wide range of software training, model building, and real-world case study sessions. Last year, the event drew over 150 practitioners and decision-makers from a broad spectrum of industries. The @RISK and DecisionTools software tracks were more popular than ever. This year, we’re expanding software training with sessions that let you walk through examples and try the tools directly. This will enable you to take some new tips back to the office. Please join us in October for a great opportunity to learn and connect with colleagues.

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