Hopefully you should now feel confident in using a decision matrix (either simple or weighted) to help you to make complicated choices.

You might have noticed during my commentary that I was making subjective decisions about which factors were important and what values to score for each option.

That's okay. For an engineering problem you might need to be more rigorous in your selection and justification of the values you use but for your personal decisions it's not a problem.

When you select the factors that are important to the decision, you are carefully selecting what you deem to be the core values of the project - something you may not have considered before this process.

By contemplating why you are assigning each value to each factor, you are approaching the decision in an logical, formulated approach.

Yes, it's easy to rig this decision making process by inflating the values of your preferred option but if you were to do so, what was the point in going through the exercise?

You clearly already had a decision made!




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Henry-II Premium
Hello, Phil!
You have addressed an important topic here. And also offered a useful solution. Thank you very much!
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Kettei Premium
I hope it's useful, Henry! :)
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ChrisDE Premium
So great! Thank you!!! Glad you turned that blog post into a full training. Hope it gets the attention it deserves.

All the best,
chris
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Kettei Premium
Thanks for the suggestion, Chris.
Although I find such processes extremely useful, I didn't think other people would be as interested. :D
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Happy2Learn Premium
Thanks for that. Great sharing.
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Kettei Premium
You're welcome. :)
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dragonfly10 Premium
This blog made me realize just how unorganized I am. I son loved it. He already has it up on his whiteboard. He's fourteen and starting college. I will review this again. I do have some tough decisions to make in the next week. Thanks for all your time and effort in writing and sharing with us
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Kettei Premium
I love that the training I created is helping people outside of WA too. I wish I'd known this stuff at college. I was not the most organised student. :)
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MKearns Premium
Great insight displayed here Phil!
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Kettei Premium
I've often found that using tried and tested business processes help me to overcome my own natural biases... although that could just be my background in software engineering. :)
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