Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
If you need to make an important decision, the following can help:
For example, when I was giving input on hiring our PUM, I identified the following criteria:
I then assigned a weighting. For example:
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.