Decision Frameworks is searching for a summer intern who is interested in learning how to apply Decision Quality to complex decision-making problems such as major capital projects, technology pilots, and investment decisions. The chosen candidate will work with our consultants to improve and upgrade our library of client example cases. This will provide a great opportunity to learn decision quality and all its components such as framing problems, forecasting uncertainty, uncertainty, and risk analysis, etc. The chosen candidate will also learn our in-house software. Finally, the chosen candidate may also work with our consultants on project support for specific clients.
The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in any or all of the following:
- Alternative energy
- Energy transition
- Pharmaceutical and health science decision making
- Oil and gas
Experience with or knowledge of any of the above is highly valued but not required.
- Junior or higher standing for undergraduate applicants
- Candidates should have access to their own Windows laptop
- Ability to meet face-to-face in the office and virtually
- Willingness to abide by COVID-19 safety requirements
- Ability to learn technical material associated with various projects
- Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- Effective communications skills (written and verbal)
- Proven ability to quickly build trust and credibility
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and independently with little supervision
- Goal and results-oriented
- Strong follow-through skills
- Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office products
- Start date: On or before June 1, 2021
- End date: Week before school resumes
- Location: 1102 Fugate St. Houston, Texas 77009
- Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday
- Compensation: Hourly based upon candidate’s skills and experience
What is Decision Quality? How do you ensure Decision Quality in your organization? Decision Quality begins with clarity of action. This clarity is achieved when there is a clear understanding of the decision problem, the possible solutions, and the impact of those solutions including the tradeoff of different decision criteria.
Decision Quality and the Three-Legged Stool
Decision Quality requires the stable base of Decision Analysis. Using a three-legged approach to structured analysis, clarity of action is achieved through:
- Uncertainty Analysis
- Decision Maker Dialogue
- Decision Frame
A decision frame is the group’s circumscribed view of a decision problem. It incorporates only that which is necessary to take a decision with clarity of action. Evaluation teams create the decision frame; however, it will be finalized by a decision board or key decision-makers. Typically decision frames evolve over time.
Uncertainty is a state of knowledge and as such it makes sense that it adds complexity to decision making. It is uncertainty that makes it difficult to choose a course of action. If we knew what was going to happen when we take a particular decision, we could choose today. When we cannot, we must describe our uncertainty and determine the best course of action, given the uncertainty. The description of uncertainty requires two elements: what’s possible and what’s probable, and a possible third, risk.
Decision Maker Dialogue
To create the right frame, you need the right people. The right people include Experts, Project Teams and Decision Makers. A timely dialogue between all three ensures the integrity of the Decision Quality process.
Three Legged Stool at Work
Using the three-legged stool approach at work, a team can then review:
Issues outside of your control (or your company’s control) – the outcomes of which are known (or can be known soon)
Issues that describe your (or your company’s) values, decision criteria, or value drivers to be used to make the decision
Issues outside of your control (or your company’s control) – the outcome of which is unknown
Issues within your control (or your company’s control)
What is an Initial Decision Analysis Workflow
How does it all work? The following sample workflow of the initial process provides an overview of how this will work within your organization.
1. Create a Problem Statement
2. Raise the Issues
3. Sort the issues Facts, Values/Objective, Uncertainties and Decisions
4. Categorize decisions in a decision hierarchy
5. Generate alternatives using the focus decisions in a strategy table
6. Create a few different integrated strategies to answer key questions
7. Construct an influence diagram for each strategy
8. Build a decision and risk timeline for each strategy