A Technical Approach to Decision Making

Yesterday as I departed from work, I sent out a simple message on Twitter to my followers:


This morning as I signed on line, a number of replies had come in with regards to my message. Most people suggested doing all three. This of course got me nowhere in my decision making process. I’m sure it’s possible, but I can’t begin to imaging buying a house, going to graduate school, and starting a business all at the same time.

One reply though came out of the blue from 

Charlene Kingston (@Kinchie) which suggested a simple process to help me make up my mind: the decision matrix.

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I had heard of something very similar a few years ago from a family friend who uses it at the bank he works at, but I have not had the opportunity to try it out yet. After reading over Charlene’s post, I’m going to have to give it a shot. It sounds like something right up my way considering it is a very methodical way to help guide you towards making a decision. Check out Charlene’s post over at her blog, From the Crow’s Nest.  This is another win in my book for crowdsourcing.  Thanks for the advise Charlene!

Have you used a system like this in the past to help aid you in your decision making process? Do you have any other recommendations which may be similar? Leave your ideas in the comments below.


Hey Andy,

Great post. I am very happy that you understood I was trying to be helpful and share information. The decision matrix has a long history as an engineering tool. Wikipedia has an article about it, but there are many website that talk about it. Unfortunately, they mostly sound like they were written by geeky people for geeky people. I wanted to make this great tool accessible to non-geeky people.

I picked it up in college in the 1980s. I've used it about once a month every year since then! At first, I developed forms to use to organize my numbers. Then, I started just scribbling the numbers on the back of a piece of paper. I've also used a spreadsheet to do the math for me.

I've gotten such a great response from people to my blog that I'm converting it to an ebook. I've also added a blank form people can use to make their own decisions. I will publish this ebook next week (February 15-21) from my blog (http://blog.crowinfodesign.com/). It's free and I have granted a Creative Commons license so people can share and use it freely.

I want to hear more about your crowdsourcing book!


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