Decision Making with Criteria and Weight


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.

Comments (4)

  1. Vijay says:

    I guess this is called Pugh matrix

  2. Jamie Fenton says:

    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.

  3. J.D. Meier says:

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

  4. Justin says:

    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