A free, five-week MOOC (massive open online course), presented by Strategic Decisions Group.

DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality

At its core, a risk assessment is a decision-making process made up of repeatable steps based on rational decision making. Understanding what forms a quality decision is foundational for achieving desired outcomes.

That is why RIMS is pleased to associate with Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) and Dr. Carl Spetzler in offering this unique learning opportunity to our risk management community.

Register for SDG's free five-week introductory course, and you'll work in teams to learn the Decision Quality (DQ) approach, which draws from the disciplines of business, psychology, organizational behavior, and decision science


Anyone can benefit from DQ – from chief risk officers, directors, and risk managers toanalysts and other risk professionals. Learn to improve your decision-making process, generate better alternatives, focus on relevant information without getting bogged down, apply sound reasoning, and take action more effectively and efficiently. Register today!

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the size requirements of Decision Quality
  • Recognize the quality of a decision before you make it (not just in hindsight)
  • Identify gaps in Decision Quality and focus your attention where it matters
  • Reach DQ in significant decisions in a timely and efficient way
  • Gain awareness of strategic Decision Quality, decision "power tools," and the role of decision professionals.

This course will focus on DQ as it is used in business, but the principles apply to personal decisions as well.

More Information

Expect to spend between 2-4 hours per week on the course over the five-week period.

Course Design: 
This course is designed as a combination of short lectures and engaging team-based activities. While participants may work on their own, for a richer educational experience we recommend joining a team. Course materials, communications, and assignments will be in English.

Course Content:
Week 1: The Power of Decisions in Shaping our Lives and Business Fortunes
Week 2: Appropriate Frame; Creative and Doable Alternatives; Clear Values and Trade-offs
Week 3: Relevant and Reliable Information 
Week 4: Sound Reasoning
Week 5: Gaining Commitment to Action; Bringing it All Together

Technical Requirements:
You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and upload a variety of assignments including videos, slides, and text.

Statement of Accomplishment:
Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor. 


Attend this five-week course for FREE!


Client Testimonial

I have worked with many “big name” consulting companies over the years and can absolutely say that no other company has had the lasting, positive impact on us as SDG has had. SDG combines their extensive knowledge of decision analysis with significant content knowledge of the energy industry to make them a premier leader in their field.

Decision Analysis Practice Leader
International Oil & Gas Company