1. **Define** the problem, characterizing the general purpose of your decision.

2. **Identify** the criteria, specifying the goals or objectives that you want to be able to accomplish.

3. **Weight** the criteria, deciding the relative importance of the goals.

4. **Generate** alternatives, identifying possible courses of action that might accomplish your various goals.

5. **Rate** each alternative on each criterion, assessing the extent to which each action would accomplish each goal.

6. **Compute** the optimal decision, evaluating each alternative by multiplying the expected effectiveness of each alternative with respect to a criterion times the weight of the criterion, then adding up the expected value of the alternative with respect to all criteria.