Make Sound and Comprehensible Decisions

Decision Making Helper Supports You In The Decision-Making Process.


The software tool Decision Making Helper supports and simplifies the decision-making process.  Decision Making Helper does not help in terms of an oracle or pendulum, which make the decision only on the basis of chance. On the contrary: Decision Making Helper enables in a simple and yet structured way to make a conscious and informed decision. The decision making software offers meaningful support for a confident decision-making process in both private and business matters.



The steps in the decision-making process

When using the software you will make rational, comprehensive, understandable and clear decisions. You can make decisions and either opt for a single option whether you should take it or not (e.g. Shall I take the step to professional independence?)  or you can choose between several options in order to find the best option (Which educational institute should I choose?) .


Application of Decision Making Helper

During the decision-making process with Decision Making Helper you will be prompted to list all decision options available as well as the relevant criteria and to value them.

Based on your weighting of the criteria and the rating per decision option the software automatically calculates the best choice/option available for you. The decision (best choice) will be documented and graphically displayed. Thus, still at a later stage it is comprehensible why you made that decision and if necessary, the decision can be presented confidently and reasonably towards third parties and partners .

Example “Car Purchase”: When buying a car different vehicles are available to choose from.  Each car has its advantages and disadvantages (criteria) which influence your decision and make it difficult to make a definite choice. The following example below illustrates how Decision Making Helper can support you in the decision making process or watch our video tutorial here for more information. (Click on screenshots below to enlarge).

1. List Decision Options Available

Based on your question the decision options can be defined horizontally ( e.g. different car types in case of car purchase).  Decision Making Helper allows to define up to 26 different options.

List all decision options available
Define all relevant criteria

2. Define Criteria

Subsequently, the relevant criteria, which will affect the decision, can be defined vertically (e.g. price, fuel consumption etc.). The number and definition of the possible options and criteria can be determined individually. Decision Making Helper allows to enter up to 300 different criteria.

3. Weight Criteria

In the following step all the relevant criteria are weighted on a scale from 1 – 5 (low – high). This expresses the fact that the criteria have varying degrees of importance to the questioner.

Weight each criterion individually
Rate each criterion for each option individually

4. Rate Criteria 

Subsequently, each criterion can be rated for each option (here car type) individually on a scale from -5 to + 5. Additionally, for each rating a comment/description can be entered (button “i”), in order to illustrate reasonably in the analysis the facts on which the rating is based on.

The Decision – The Result

Based on your weightings of the criteria and the ratings of the criteria per each option the decision making software Decision Making Helper calculates automatically the best choice  respectively the decision.

The decision will then be documented and with 3 different graphics (Bar ChartScatter Chart, Radar Chart) and a Table illustrated and is thus well comprehensible.

5. Bar Chart

The bar chart highlights the best option available and states name, high-score-value and classification in words. In our example SUV A (Option A) is the favourite and with the high-score-value of +44% it stands out of the other options (car B + car C). The classification in words reads “rather positive”.  In comparison, the score values of all other options are additionally illustrated in the bar chart.

Bar Chart illustrates best option available.
Scatter Chart illustrates weighting and rating of criteria

6. Scatter Chart

Furthermore, in a Scatter Chart all scores of the relating criteria of each option are illustrated. By displaying the evaluated criteria by importance the decision-making can be reproduced transparently.

In our example it becomes apparent that for the SUV A only the color (point 5 in the red area) did not meet the wishes. But it was not assigned any great importance to this criterion.

7. Radar Chart

In the Radar Chart all options including all criteria are displayed together. Thus, in the direct comparison the strengths and weaknesses of the different options become visible and the decision can be reviewed retrospectively.

In our example it is apparent again that for SUV A (option A) all cirteria, except the criterion “Color”, are in the green area and comply with the expectations.

Comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of the different options
Table lists clearly all data entered in the decision-making process.

8. Table

The Table lists clearly all data entered including the additional comments of each rating. As a resulat, the table provides a comparison of all decision options available with the corresponding ratings. The decision-making can be reproduced comprehensively.

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