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Chapter 36. How to Make a Decision > Prioritizing Methods Checklist

Prioritizing Methods Checklist

1. Ranking in order of:

  Best
  Most workable
  Reliability
  Most tested and proven
  Least risky
  Staff ability to make it work
  Chance for success
2. Use forced-pair comparison to “bubble-up/bubble-down” items resulting in a prioritized list.

3. Get individuals in a group to rate each item and then tabulate ratings using a scale such as:

  5 = Top Preference
  4 = High Preference
  3 = OK
  2 = Maybe
  1 = Slim Chance
  0 = No Way
4. Vote where majority rules.

5. Prioritize by gut feel, intuition or comfort zone.

6. Compromise.


7. Combination: At some point during evaluation, problem-solving and decision-making teams may find that two or more items on the list do not conflict. Solutions that complement each other could work well together. A useful decision-making tool is to categorize remaining options. By combining solutions within a category, it is possible to shorten the list for your final choice. Pool creative thinking on each alternative within a category for more workable outcomes. Decision making then boils down to a more simple job of comparing categories.


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