1: Naming |
2: Criteria |
3: Options |
4: Scoring |
Name the Decision.
The first step in the process of making a good decision is making sure we are clear on what that decision actually is. In this step of the process, take some time and think a bit through this problem. Why is this problem an important one
to you? What
exactly are you trying to clarify? When you have described this problem in your head, come up with a title for this decision and write it down in the field bellow.
1: Naming |
2: Criteria |
3: Options |
4: Scoring |
Define the Criteria.
Now that you have formalized the problem in your head, it is time to define the criteria you are going to use to make this decision. Criteria answers the question of "What matters to you?" in this decision making process and the
weight
of each criteria answers the question "How much does it matter?".
Let’s say you are looking to buy a new car. There are a handful of factors or criteria that you would consider relevant to your selection. Specifically, you are going to base your decision on the following criteria:
Price | MPG |
Comfort | Speed |
10 | 7 | 5 | 3 |
1: Naming |
2: Criteria |
3: Options |
4: Scoring |
Rank Your Options on the Chosen Criteria
This is the final step of this decision-making process. Here, you have to think through every option that you have available and rank it on how well it satisfies your chosen criteria. The better the option satisfies the criteria, the
closer to 10 should
the number be.
In the car-buying example, each one of the described options, will likely perform differently on the criteria we've outlined in the Step 2 of the process. So, for example, Tesla Model 3 scores might be the following:
7 | 1 | 10 | 6 | |
4 | 10 | 3 | 9 | |
8 | 4 | 7 | 10 | |
8 | 10 | 5 | 1 |