Category Archives: Selecting and Decision Making

In the following, you will see all the articles that have been published so far on this topic.

Four Field Matrix

Four Field Matrix

A Four Field Matrix is an effective model for planning, organizing and making decisions. It is a two-dimensional chart that consists of four equal-sized quadrants, each will describe different aspects of information. It helps you organize your ideas or information in a logical manner that makes sense. Complex problems can be broken down into easier to handle groups by considering two of the important characteristics (represented on the X and Y axes). For example, a team may select the most appropriate improvement projects based on the implementation time and the resource availability. Sometimes it is referred to as the Four Quadrant Matrix or the Four Celled Matrix.

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Matrix Diagram

Matrix Diagram

A Matrix Diagram is a table that allows sets of data to be compared in order to make better decisions. It displays the existence and strength of relationship between pairs of items of two or more sets. The relationship is then indicated by a number or symbol in each cell where the two items intersect in the matrix. A matrix diagram can be used as part of other decision making tools. Cause and Effect Matrix and Quality Function Deployment are examples of tools that use the matrix diagram. Read more »»

Prioritization Matrix

Prioritization Matrix

Prioritization is an essential skill that needs to be mastered to make the best use of your own and your teams time and effort. A Prioritization Matrix is a simple tool that provides a way to prioritize a diverse set of items into an order of importance. It allows the team to select the most appropriate option from several alternatives based on a predefined criteria. Read more »»

Decision Balance Sheet

Decision Balance Sheet

Sometimes when you are faced with an important decision, you spend a lot of time looking for a solution hoping to avoid making the wrong choice. One of the simplest ways to decide what to do is using the Decision Balance Sheet. It is a simple but effective decision-making method that enables the team to make more confident and balanced decisions. It uses a tabular record to represents the advantages and disadvantages of an idea or situation for the purpose of reaching to a decision quickly. This situation might be a problem that needs to be solved or a condition that needs to be changed. Read more »»

Pareto Analysis

Pareto Analysis

There are many situations where you are asked to decide which problems or causes of a problem should be tackled first. The Pareto Principle, which is also referred to as the 80-20 rule, states that roughly 80 percent of the problems or effects come from 20 percent of the causes. It describes a statistical phenomenon that a small number of high values contribute more to the total than a high number of low values. The focus of the Pareto Analysis is to identify the “vital few” from the “trivial many” and make it possible to attack the 80 percent of the problems to obtain the maximum benefits.

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Paired Comparison

Paired Comparison Analysis

Paired Comparison Analysis is an activity for evaluating a small range of options by comparing them against each other. It is useful and easy technique for rating and ranking alternatives where the evaluation criteria are subjective and difficult to measure. This is practically helpful when priorities aren’t clear enough, when alternatives are quite different from one another, or when there is little objective data to base our decision on.

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Kano Analysis

Kano Analysis

The Kano Model is a framework that is used to analyze customer needs and how those needs change as time goes on. It helps categorizing and prioritizing the different features of a product or service based on their impact to customer satisfaction. Those categories are then considered when analyzing potential opportunities for improvement. The Kano Model is often used to better understand how a product (or service) fits customer needs by mapping the existing or proposed features into the Kano categories. Read more »»

Force Field Analysis

Force Field Analysis

A Force Field Analysis is a decision making technique that can be used to analyze the pros and cons of any decision. It looks at the forces that are either driving or blocking movement toward a goal. Better decisions are made by weighing up the pros and cons then determining the force that will win. This technique is widely used in the fields of organizational change and development, business process management, and social and cultural sciences.

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Pugh Matrix

Pugh Matrix

A Pugh Matrix is a selection method used to compare and select the best solution from a set of alternative proposals. It helps determine which of the solutions are more valuable than the others. One advantage of this method is that it does not require a great amount of quantitative data. Furthermore, subjective opinions about one alternative versus another can be made more objective.

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Importance Urgency Matrix

Importance Urgency Matrix

“We live in a time pressured world where it is common to have multiple overlapping commitments that all require immediate attention now. Urgency is no long reserved for special occasions, they are an everyday occurrences. How can one manage the flood of responsibilities, do excellent work and maintain a positive frame of mind?” (Stephen Covey)

The Importance Urgency Matrix, or the Eisenhower Method, is an effective method for organizing priorities. It is a two-dimensional chart that is used to prioritize work activities as well as personal activities. It can be used when the team is having a conflict and unable to manage the work effectively. All activities can be evaluated in terms of importance and urgency. They are then placed in the appropriate quadrants of the matrix.

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