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Introduction and Background

The SDP 2017 DAAG Conference and Pre-conference SDP Workshops will be held on March 16-17 and March 15 respectively at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Decision Analysis Affinity Group (DAAG) is an informal group of decision professionals who gathered annually since 1995 to share ideas on the application and practice of decision analysis. Their only organization structure was the committee that planned the following year's conference, Therefore the term "DAAG" is mostly used to describe both the event and the people that attend it. When SDP formed, a decision was made to neither duplicate nor compete with this practitioner conference. "DAAG” is now the annual conference of SDP, organized and run by SDP. It brings together decision professionals and decision makers from multiple industries to share ideas, successes, and failures. In addition, each year SDP organizes a day of workshops on the day prior to, and in the same location as the conference.

The organizing committee for the SDP 2017 DAAG Conference is chaired by Jim Felli of Eli Lilly Co., and Leslie Lippard of Genentech.

Conference Theme

The theme for the SDP 2017 DAAG Conference is:

Building Better Organizations: Culture, Choices, Change 

Improved understanding and appreciation of cultural influences and constraints, the ability to develop and expeditiously act on acceptable creative choices, and the wherewithal to actively affect and adapt to change can have dramatic consequences on organizational decision quality.

The intent is that this year’s presentations and expositions will facilitate or directly lead to attendees’ success in helping their organizations improve talent development and retention, increase operational efficiency, improve business agility, improve resource allocation, heighten adaptability, and better align business strategies 

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Conference Sessions

Conference sessions: Session topics include culture, collaboration, risk, bias, information value, knowledge transfer, and more.  Several sessions will feature embedded case studies. Details on the conference program can be found here.

Keynotes: This year’s conference includes a keynote by Beth Perdue Outland, Vice-President Community Engagement & Strategic Innovation of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the conference dinner on Thursday night. Bryan Everly, Chief Technology officer for NextGear Capital, will deliver a closing address in which he will share his learnings and insights from the conference and pose challenges. Details on the keynotes can be found here

Lab session:  This year conference will include a "lab session” in which attendees will be able to have focused conversations with certain presenters. This of it like a poster session – but with the capacity for deeper discussion, demos, etc. by decision professionals for decision professionals. The objective of the lab is focused knowledge sharing and learning, it is not meant as a marketing venue for vendors.

Social Activities:  The logistics committee has done a fabulous job of preparing the conference venue, facilities, amenities, and evening activities. A conference dinner on Thursday night is included in the conference fee, as are breakfast and lunch during the conference. Additionally, we will kick off the conference with a welcome reception at the NOLA Brewing Company on Wednesday night.

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Conference Fees, Cancellation and Registration

The SDP 2017 DAAG Conference fees (per person) are as follows:

All conference sessions, including breakfast, lunch, and conference dinner on March 16
Regular registration: USD 500
Welcome Reception at NOLA Brewing Co on March 15 (includes transport to and from the Hyatt hotel)
For conference attendees: USD 35
For guests (non-conference attendees): USD 50
Conference dinner on March 16
For conference attendees: Free (included)
For guests (non-conference attendees): USD 50

The pre-conference SDP workshops are subject to a separate fee. See the workshop section here for more details and registration.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation received in writing on/before 17 Feb:
Fee refundable, less USD 100 processing fee
Cancellation received on/after 18 Feb:
Fee non-refundable
No-Show: Fee non-refundable
Conference dinner & Welcome reception: Fee non-refundable

All registrations can be done via the link below:

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All conference sessions and SDP pre-conference workshops will be held at:
Hyatt Centric French Quarter Hotel
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA
Phone: +1 (888) 421-1442

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Conference Sponsors

We especially want to thank our conference sponsors:

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