IBCS Certified Analyst (inhouse) –
Understand and apply IBCS

What makes reports and dashboards easier and better to understand? Learn the difference between reports for messaging and dashboards for self-service. We'll show you that both reports and dashboards need consistent notation, a well-organized structure, the right chart types, high information density, and proper scaling. Then, through numerous exercises, practice applying what you've learned. Followed by an online test for becoming an IBCS Certified Analyst.


Objectives

Learn and apply the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) that help creators of reports, presentations, and dashboards communicate more effectively and their consumers understand faster and better. With numerous before-and-after examples and hands-on exercises.

Training fee

The training fee depends on the setup on both sides. Either click on the REGISTER button to contact us or send your request.

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Final test

After the workshop you can take an online exam for getting the certificate ‚IBCS® Certified Analyst‘. There is a playground test with 10 access codes for learning purposes available.

Online test (playground)

PROGRAM

PART 1
IBCS with SUCCESS – Successful reports, presentations, and dashboards

Introduction: The basics of business communication (90 min)

  • Reports should have something interesting to report
  • Dashboards serve analytical purposes
  • The SUCCESS formula of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS)

UNIFY: Apply semantic notation (45 min)

  • Unify terminology
  • Define and learn a semantic notation
  • Unify visualization

SAY: Convey a message (45 min)

  • Focus on the message
  • Detect, explain, or suggest
  • Substantiate message

STRUCTURE: Organize content (30 min)

  • Use homogeneous, non-overlapping and exhaustive elements

EXPRESS: Choose proper visualization (30 min)

  • Use correct chart types

SIMPLIFY: Avoid clutter (30 min)

  • Avoid noise and redundancies

CONDENSE: Increase information density (30 min)

  • Add data, elements, and objects

CHECK: Ensure visual integrity (30 min)

  • Apply proper scaling

Summary (30 min)

  • Next steps

PART 2
IBCS Workshop – Application of the SUCCESS formula

Introduction (45 min)

  • Summary of the one-day ‘IBCS® with SUCCESS’ training
  • Objective and overview of the two workshop days

Convey a message (SAY) (75 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for building storylines, using appropriate wording, and highlighting messages
  • Individual exercise on wording

Organize content (STRUCTURE) (90 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for consistent, mutually exclusive, and collectively exhaustive structuring
  • Group exercise on the improvement of poorly structured text

Choose proper visualization (EXPRESS) (120 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for the proper choice of chart and table types
  • Group exercise with case studies

Avoid clutter (SIMPLIFY) (90 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for a cleaner layout
  • Individual exercises on removing clutter from charts and tables

Increase information density (CONDENSE) (120 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for adding data and elements to charts and tables as well as objects to screens and pages
  • Group exercise with case studies

Ensure visual integrity (CHECK) (45 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for avoiding misperceptions, in particular wrong scaling
  • Discussion on proper scaling for typical practical challenges

Apply semantic notation (UNIFY) (45 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for a consistent semantic notation
  • Necessity and contents of a corporate notation manual

Case studies (120 min)

  • Group exercises: Design of report pages supporting given messages
  • Presentation of the results

Enabling corporate adoption of the IBCS® Standards (90 min)

  • Discussion of the requirements for corporate adoption
  • Elaboration of the benefits of a consistent report notation

 

Breaks

With classroom courses there is a lunch break of one hour at 12:30 and two coffee breaks in the morning and in the afternoon.

In the case of online courses, break times can be arranged individually.