Do You Remember the Scientific Method?
The “C” in the DECIDE model is classify and compare. This step is to review and rank the possible alternatives from the most to the least optimal solution based upon potential outcomes. Depending upon the context of the decision, you may want to consult with suppliers, vendors, or customers in addition to a cross-functional team from within your organization. Hard data, as well as cultural and community impacts may all be analyzed in this step.
The “I” in the DECIDE model, identify the best solution. This fourth step consists of comparing, re-ranking and identifying the best solution based on your previously identified constraints of time, money, and human capital. Like before, organizational culture is also a factor to consider, as well as the decision maker’s personal preferences.