IBCS® Certified Analyst (inhouse) –
Understand and apply IBCS
(opt. using IBCS Certified Software)

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 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, optionally using IBCS Certified Software. Followed by an online test for becoming an IBCS® Certified Analyst.


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

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IBCS® Certified Software

We can optionally perform some exercices using your IBCS® Certified Software and infrastructure. For details please contact us.

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We are excited to announce that we now offer the IBCS Certified Analyst in-house training with the option to use your IBCS compliant software of choice. If your team is already using a specific tool and wishes to make IBCS exercises on that tool, we encourage you to join us for the workshop conducted directly on your chosen tool. This unique approach not only helps you grasp the IBCS concepts but also provides hands-on experience on your familiar software.

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 (45 min)

  • Use homogeneous, non-overlapping and exhaustive elements

EXPRESS: Choose proper visualization (45 min)

  • Use correct chart types

SIMPLIFY: Avoid clutter (25 min)

  • Avoid noise and redundancies

CONDENSE: Increase information density (25 min)

  • Add data, elements, and objects

CHECK: Ensure visual integrity (25 min)

  • Apply proper scaling

Summary (15 min)

  • Next steps

IBCS Workshop – Application of the SUCCESS formula

Introduction (60 min)

  • Summary of “IBCS with SUCCESS” training
  • Workshop objective and overview
  • Testing individual level of IBCS knowledge

Apply semantic notation (UNIFY) (60 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for a consistent semantic notation
  • Group exercise from “Solid, outlined, hatched” video course

Convey a message (SAY) (30 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for conveying strong messages
  • Joint exercise about charts following messages

Organize content (STRUCTURE) (75 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for creating well-structured storylines
  • 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
  • Presentation of the results

Avoid clutter (SIMPLIFY) (60 min)

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

Increase information density (CONDENSE) (60 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 study

Ensure visual integrity (CHECK) (60 min)

  • Elaboration of rules for avoiding wrong scaling
  • Discussion on proper scaling for typical practical challenges

Case studies (120 min)

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

Enabling corporate adoption of the IBCS Standards (60 min)

  • Discussion of the requirements for corporate adoption
  • Discussion of the necessity and the contents of a notation manual


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.