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How to Make a Decision ...

**Define** the problem, characterizing the general purpose of your decision.**Identify** the criteria, specifying the goals or objectives that you want to be able to accomplish.**Weight** the criteria, deciding the relative importance of the goals.**Generate** alternatives, identifying possible courses of action that might accomplish your various goals.**Rate** each alternative on each criterion, assessing the extent to which each action would accomplish each goal.**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.