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March 07, 2013

Decision framing – different individual approaches

Observing current situation in our group, I can now clearly see who uses the particular approach in the way they come to decision. As we all knows, commonly, everybody follows the same decision framing started from identifying the question and options then going into choosing the criteria and finished by making a decision. However, what the actual experience showed to me there are other ways how you can go about making decisions:

  1. Structural approach. Basically, this is an approach how we decided to deal with problem. We identified the problem, its options and started work on criteria. After having all this information, we found appropriate decision making tools.
  2. Quantitative approach. In our group we have a guy who always try to switch from structural approach to calculations. Usually what happens with him, - we are on our way to make decision by analyzing the criteria for comparison and he, suddenly, break the conversation with showing the results of his financial analysis. On one hand this is very distractive way of working that draw us away from our initial decision making strategy, on the other hand, his quantitative approach is very helpful and contributes a lot to the structural approach by adding new criteria.
  3. Just jump into it. To, my mind, this is a worst approach, when we don’t do any analysis of how we will come to decision but just go strait to calculations and even possible solutions. This approach excludes any deep analysis in the beginning which, in turns, prevent you from making a good decision. This was our approach in the beginning.

Overall, there are many other approaches, these were just a few that I were able to observe in our team. To my mind, there is no one specific approach that can be applied in a certain context, but there is usually a mix of different approaches that in the end brings team to best solution.

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