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For over twenty years Decision Strategies has worked closely with clients to help reason through some of the most difficult problems and challenging opportunities in the industry. As part of this facilitation and analysis role, we have come to rely on a number of useful tools to structure discussion and add clarity to complex decisions – we call it the Decision Strategies “toolbox”

Full Toolbox Installer

Full Toolbox Installer

We are now offering simplified versions of our tools for free, and we look forward to changing the way your team views strategic decision making! The button below will provide you access to all of our individual tools in one easy self installing package.

Strategy Table Tool

Strategy Table Tool

Are you truly considering unique alternatives as you make your strategic decision? Is your team clear as to the definition of each strategy under consideration? This tool is used by Decision Strategies during the Framing stage of a decision to define the set of strategy options available to the decision makers.

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Issue Raising and Decision Hierarchy Tool

Issue Raising and Decision Hierarchy Tool

Why are you doing this project and what are the key issues of focus? Does your team understand the company objectives that drive the project? Do they have clarity as to which decisions demand their focused effort during the current project phase? This tool helps teams to align objectives and discover which key decisions require their focus.

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Qualitative Decision Tree

Qualitative Decision Tree

There are often organizations within companies that must frequently and quickly make decisions. Each individual decision may be small, but in aggregate the decision choices over the course of the year can make a large difference in company performance. This tool can help such groups to consider uncertainty when making their decisions and do so within the bounds of the tight timeframes.

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Drilling Incident Tool (

Drilling Incident Tool ("Fish or Cut Bait")

This tool is designed to help drilling personnel to estimate the appropriate length of time to struggle with a problem incident while drilling (e.g., fish for a tool or try to manage lost returns) before falling back on a more drastic – and expensive – solution (e.g., sidetracking or setting an additional casing string).

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Multi-Attribute Assessment Tool

Multi-Attribute Assessment Tool

There are often decisions to be made that, while important, don’t merit the rigor of a full and lengthy quantitative analysis. In these cases there is still great benefit to holding a structured discussion amongst stakeholders as to the criteria to be used to judge each choice under consideration and also the team’s perception as to how each choice will perform in regard to each criterion. This tool facilitates the team discussion by means of a multi-attribute / pairwise comparison assessment.

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Value of Information Tool

Value of Information Tool

Making a big decision would certainly be easier if you could see the future. Oftentimes there are ways to gather more information about a major uncertainty before committing to action – market studies, consumer surveys, focus groups, pilot programs, seismic acquisition, appraisal wells, and so on – but these come with a cost, delay your decision, and are not always reliable. This Value of Information (VOI) tool helps teams determine whether or not they should acquire additional information and the maximum they should be willing to pay for this information.

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Cost and Schedule Tool

Cost and Schedule Tool

In the world of mega projects many activities must come together just right to achieve a major milestone. What if a major component is delayed? What if a major storm hits the construction site? An experienced project manager is expected to complete on time and under budget despite great uncertainty. This basic tool helps teams to understand the impact of potential risks and plan ahead for their possible occurrence so that they can achieve the project results they desire.

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