Show me your O.R. Credentials
Wow! What a great first day. As I warned, I sat in on the Soft Skills workshop today. While some of the soft skills were addressing issues only encountered by a Decision Analyst, considered as a whole, anyone would benefit from the workshop. The discussion on how to elicit data (probabilities to be exact) from Subject Matter Experts was especially interesting and applicable to anyone who has ever had to work with probabilistic data.
The highlight of the workshop was the main example that continued through all the lectures – Should there be Operations Research Certification (presumably from INFORMS) for O.R. professionals? Apparently this is a real discussion going on – though it seemed that most of the workshop attendees didn’t know anything about it. My initial feelings on an OR Certification is that it would be great for the profession. Yet many questions linger…
- Would there be a test?
- Would there be a minimum experience level?
- Would it be for “OR” in general or for specific OR fields?
- Would there be a really cool suffix for your signature block? For example; Adam Clark, MS, ORMS/MODA/SIM/LP
I’m interested in hearing any and all comments about this.