IBCS Workshop –
Application of the SUCCESS formula

Supplementary two-day workshop (prerequisite: IBCS with SUCCESS training) on the practical application of IBCS's SUCCESS formula followed by an optional online test for becoming an IBCS Certified Analyst. Either classroom or online.


Through numerous hands-on exercises, participants will be able to apply IBCS’s SUCCESS formula to reports, presentations, and dashboards in practice.


Participants of this workshop have already attended the introductory IBCS with SUCCESS training.

Attendance fee

Unless otherwise stated, the attendance fee is EUR 1,990 (classroom) and EUR 1,890 (online) plus VAT. Participants booking the IBCS Workshop as a part of the IBCS Certified Analyst course benefit from a package price.

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IBCS Certified Analyst

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)

IBCS Certified Trainers

Dr. Jürgen Faisst

Managing Partner at HICHERT+FAISST IBCS Institute and Managing Director of the IBCS Association

Ronald van Lent

Ronald van Lent is Managing Partner at JUGO in The Netherlands. JUGO provide Business Intelligence consultancy and one focus area is data visualization applying the IBCS concept.

Edyta Szarska

Edyta Szarska is the IBCS® Certified Trainer at the IBCS Institute and founder of Controlling Partner in Poland. Edyta is focused on controlling development for better decision making by improving communication between financials and business.

Markus Wolff

Markus Wolff is Co-Founder and Managing Director of chartisan GmbH, a service provider for data visualization and reporting solutions.

Dr. Mladen Meter

Dr. Mladen Meter is Managing Director of Business Effectiveness Ltd. (Poslovna učinkovitost d.o.o.) from Zagreb, Croatia. Business Effectiveness Ltd. provides business advisory and executive education services in controlling and finance area.

Esin Özkan

Esin is an executive consultant and trainer in Istanbul, Turkey.

Paul Damen

Paul is a Data & Analytics Consultant at Rockfeather which is a consultancy company in the Netherlands that helps companies create better insights.


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 lunch together at 12:30. Snacks and refreshments are served in coffee breaks at around 10:30 in the morning and 15:00 in the afternoon. After day one you are invited for an Apéro – a kind of small reception, at which snacks and refreshments are served.