The most useful tool in my tool box has been a decision making framework. This is a tool that clarifies my context, balances my thought process and identifies available resources. A framework has been my most useful tool because it helps me make better decisions. When I am planning for TWI Surveys, scoping out a project for a client or getting ready for a new baby, I run through the framework.
Below is a simplified planning model I use. Planning can and should be more complex than this model, but I find a simplified model helpful in making quick assessments. If it is a big decision more complexity can be added.
Here is the challenge. Can you make this model better without making it more complex?
Here are some other resources for making decisions:
Where decisions can be life or death:
Engineers have great models:
If you use a decision making model please share it and how it has helped you.