Decision-Making Techniques

How to Make Better Decisions

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How to Make Decisions  
Making the Best Possible Choices

Decision Making Models

The Vroom-Yetton-Jago Decision Model  
Deciding How to Decide

The Kepner-Tregoe Matrix  
Making Unbiased, Risk-Assessed Decisions

OODA Loops  
Understanding the Decision Cycle

The Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) Process  
Making Good Decisions Under Pressure

Choosing Between Options

Decision Matrix Analysis  
Making a Decision by Weighing Up Different Factors

Paired Comparison Analysis  
Working Out Relative Importances

AHP, decision making  
Choosing By Weighing Up Many Subjective Factors

Conjoint Analysis  
Measuring Buyer Preferences

Pareto Analysis  
Choosing the Most Important Changes to Make

Decision Tree Analysis  
Choosing by Projecting "Expected Outcomes"

The Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix (QSPM)  
Choosing the Best Strategic Way Forward

The Futures Wheel  
Identifying Future Consequences

Deciding Whether to Go Ahead

Go/No-Go Decisions  
Deciding Whether to Go Ahead

Conducting a Thorough Feasibility Study

Risk Analysis and Risk Management  
Evaluating and Managing Risks

Force Field Analysis  
Analyzing the Pressures For and Against Change

"What If" Analysis  
Making Decisions by Exploring Scenarios

Impact Analysis  
Identifying the Full Consequences of Change

Business Experiments  
Taking Intelligent Risks

Financial Decisions

Cost-Benefit Analysis  
Deciding, Quantitatively, Whether to go Ahead

Break-Even Analysis  
Determining When a Product Becomes Profitable

Cash Flow Forecasting  
Forecasting the Impact of a Financial Decision

Improving Decision Making

Avoiding Psychological Bias in Decision Making  
How to Make Objective Decisions

The Ladder of Inference  
How to Avoid Jumping to Conclusions

Decision Making Under Uncertainty  
Making the Best Choice with the Information Available

"Cautious" or "Courageous"?  
Understand Your Risk Preference, and Make Better Decisions

Critical Thinking  
Developing the Skills for Successful Thinking

Blindspot Analysis  
Avoiding Common "Fatal Flaws" in Decision Making

Reactive Decision Making  
Making Good Decisions Under Pressure

Linear Programming  
Optimizing Your Limited Resources

Monte Carlo Analysis  
Bringing Uncertainty and Risk Into Forecasting

A Checklist for Making Better Decisions

The Impact of Ethics and Values

The Foursquare Protocol  
Learning to Manage Ethical Decisions

What Are Your Values?  
Deciding What's Most Important in Life

Spiral Dynamics  
Understanding How People's Values May Affect Their Decision Making

Group Decision Making

The Hoy-Tarter Model of Decision Making  
Deciding When to Involve Others in Decisions

Choosing Fairly Between Many Options

Organizing Team Decision Making  
Reaching Consensus for Better Decisions

The Stepladder Technique  
Making Better Group Decisions

Avoiding Groupthink  
Avoiding Sometimes-Fatal Flaws in Group Decision Making

Hartnett's CODM Model  
Developing Solutions Collectively

Bain's RAPID® Framework  
Assigning Roles to Avoid Stalemate

The Delphi Method  
Achieving Consensus Among Experts

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