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Decision Making with Criteria and Weight

Decision Making with Criteria and Weight

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If you need to make an important decision, the following can help:

  1. Identify the criteria
  2. Identify the weighting of each criteria
  3. Rate your options against the criteria and multiply by the weightings

For example, when I was giving input on hiring our PUM, I identified the following criteria:

  • Microsoft Experience
  • patterns & practices Experience
  • Attract the right talent
  • Execution
  • Customer-connection
  • Engineering Competence
  • Business Competence
  • Political Competence

I then assigned a weighting.  For example:

  • Microsoft Experience - (2)
  • patterns & practices Experience - (3)
  • Attract the right talent - (3)
  • Execution - (3)
  • Customer-connection - (3)
  • Engineering Competence  - (2)
  • Business Competence - (2)
  • Political Competence - (2)

I rated the candidate against each criteria and then multiplied by the weighting.  This gave me a quick frame to compare different candidates as well as have more meaningful dialogues with others.  The actual numbers were less important than testing and clarifying criteria.

  • I guess this is called Pugh matrix

  • This one is a classic pattern used to do everything from judging beauty contests, to selecting tax returns for auditing, and even for determining the sex of a skeleton found at an archeological dig. Neural networks do it too.

    I learned about it in engineering school, where it was called the discriminate function.

    So its a classic, but one worth remembering and reteaching.

  • It sounds like this rose has multiple names -- I like the pattern.

  • 导读今天发现了这篇非常精彩的,内容超级丰富的文章,实在忍不住,转载于此。

    原文地址:http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2008/10/13/effective...

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