The main idea behind the Pugh matrix is to compare a set of alternatives against a standard to identify the most suitable option. A basic matrix consists of the alternative proposals and a set of criteria.
To set it up, list the criteria in the left-hand column and the alternatives in the top row. Assess each alternative by comparing it to the standard and use plus and minus symbols to denote these comparisons in the matrix. Finally, look at the bottom of the table to make the best decision for your situation.
This Pugh matrix template is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that you can use and modify to suit your specific needs. It can be easily modified to include additional sections if needed. You may, for example, add more rows and columns to expand the matrix. You may also add a column to give each criteria a weighted value based on its importance.
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