“You must choose … but choose wisely” Your decisions play a critical to make or break your future. The company you choose, the girl or guy you marry, the house you buy, the career option you choose. Isn’t it a great idea to have a tool or intelligent mechanism to make the life easy which would help you to choose the best possible decision based on some real facts rather than some random decision?
DAR is a process to make key decisions in your organization and even in personal life more objectively and wisely. Just to add more clarity, what do you do when you have multiple solutions for a given problem? How do you decide to pick one that most suited and obviously wise?
Human psychology plays an important role while using this technique. We have a lot of information which we don’t really process rather we just go by Halo effect which is nothing but taking a decision based on what you have in your mind at that moment instead of considering all the inputs
Let’s take some examples
Should I outsource or not.
Is it a good idea to start an XYZ office in Pune or Mumbai?
Technical Decision – Which technology to choose – C++, Java or .NET
Which technology to choose – C++, Java or .NET
Alright, seems boring. Let me get on to more personal stuff.
Which car do you want to buy? If you are thinking in 1967 Shelby GT350, well it’s a good decision, admittedly, the GT500 is not a race car, but it contains the same big block V8 engine that was used to win victory at Le Mans.
The DAR – Decision analysis and resolution is an answer for above situations. It is one of the process area defined by CMMI but practically used everywhere. The reason DAR works most times
- You think about every possible solution and list them out. Hence you consider everything before taking a decision over just thinking about limited core items.
- You rank individual items based on comparison hence you have more clarity.
- The template would give you amazing results.
- You do consider Risk and constraints.
Essentially writing down everything and coming to conclusion. There is no guarantee that your solution would be perfect while you are increasing the chances of getting it right significantly. It takes almost no time to use this process once you acquainted with it.
Please leverage attached DAR template. I have created it to have the better clarity.
Try few times and trust me you would fall in love with it.