When it comes to making decisions regarding the next step for your business, you've probably done the ever-popular list of pros and cons for that decision. However, there are a number of other business decision-making strategies that may help you gain more insight into the possible outcome of a decision and whether it's a chance worth taking. At first glance, you probably wouldn't recognize any of these decision-making strategies, but may come across them as you search for a new method. This resource provides a brief explanation of a few strategies to get you started.
Pareto analysisThe Pareto analysis approaches business decision-making based on the possible changes you can make in an effort to take your business to the next level. With this strategy, you list the possible changes and then rank or score them based upon the best-desired outcome.
MAUTMAUT stands for Multi-Attribute Utility Theory. Also known as the Pugh Matrix, the Pugh method, decision matrix or grid analysis, this is a great way to find the best business decision when there are a number of good options in front of you. Put simply, you list the possible decisions in rows and the factors affecting those decisions in a column, ranking each factor for each decision and choosing the decision with the best ranking score.
Adams State College explains how to use MAUT in more detail.