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ACE Coaching Course

ACE Coaching: Empowering Organizations Through Analytics Coaching

Saturday, April 13, 2024
9am – 5:15pm

Cost $300

Please Note: All participants are required to register for the 2024 INFORMS Analytics Conference. Click here for registration. If you already registered for INFORMS Analytics Conference, you can login and add this session to modify your registration.

Course Description

This comprehensive course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful INFORMS Analytics Capabilities Evaluation (ACE) Coach. You will learn how to use the ACE program to help organizations assess their analytics capabilities and develop a roadmap for improvement. You will also gain experience in coaching clients through the Analytics Maturity Assessment process and providing them with valuable insights and recommendations.

Students will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the INFORMS ACE program.
  • Develop effective coaching skills to empower organizations.
  • Learn how to create actionable recommendations and present findings effectively.
  • Engage in interactive sessions, case study role-playing, and real-time polling.
  • Network with experienced instructors and fellow participants.
  • Earn a certificate of completion from INFORMS designating them an INFORMS ACE Coach.

Minimum experience requirements for this course include 10 years of practical application of operations research or data science methods.  Data scientists, analysts, consultants, and other professionals who want to help organizations improve their analytics capabilities should register today!


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Understanding the INFORMS AMA
  • Introduction to INFORMS AMA (Analytics Maturity Assessment)
  • Organizational, Analytics Capability, and Data & Infrastructure Dimensions
  • Comparing INFORMS AMA to Other Models
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Assessment Phases and Schedule
  • Pre-Assessment: Points of Contact, Dates, and Expectations
  • Assessment Day 1: Introducing the Team, Purpose, and AMA Review
  • Assessment Day 2: Reviewing Results, Action Items, and Milestones
  • Assessment Day 3: Presentation to the Organization
12:00 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch Break
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Interactive Quiz and Case Study Role-Playing
  • Testing Understanding of Assessment Phases and Schedule
  • Real-World Scenarios for Coaching Application
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Levels of Participants and Elicitation of Scores
  • C Suite, Middle Management, and Staff Analysts
  • Focus Groups, Interviews, Survey, and Brainstorming
  • Email, Onsite, and Remote Interactions
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM Course Wrap Up and Q&A
  • Review of Key Concepts
  • Answering Participants’ Questions

Limited Seats Available - Register Today!

This comprehensive agenda provides a well-structured and engaging learning experience for aspiring INFORMS ACE Coaches, covering various aspects of the program, assessment phases, participant engagement, and real-world case studies.

Learn How to Drive Organizational Change Through Analytics Coaching with the INFORMS ACE Coaching Course

  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of the INFORMS Analytics Capability Evaluation (ACE) program, its structure, and benefits.
  • Develop effective coaching skills to empower organizations in leveraging analytics for impactful decision-making.
  • Master essential techniques for eliciting scores, aggregating results, and creating actionable recommendations.
  • Learn how to present findings effectively and engage stakeholders in meaningful discussions.
  • Benefit from the expertise of experienced instructors and engage in interactive sessions, case study role-playing, and real-time polling.


Senior Director of Analytics CANA, LLC

Walt Degrange

Senior Director of Analytics
CEO Sawatch Outliers

Norm Reitter

Sawatch Outliers