Issue Identification and Appraisal
The past few blogs have been interesting to write about but very work specific, this week sees the use of the multi attribute decision making process to assess a personal issue. Faced with a 350+ kilometre trip to meet up with some former work colleagues for a few rounds of golf, presents the problem, “What mode of transportation should I use to make my trip?”
There are five feasible alternatives; car, taxi, bus, train or ferry. All are acceptable alternatives to evaluate.
Develop the Outcomes for each
Brain storming session decided on the following benefits of each alternative.
Table 1 Acceptable Alternatives Benefits
Using the priority and score method to determine a finalized weighted score for each alternative.
As this problem is a personal one, the criteria set need to pass personal and financial preferences.
There were two methods used to score the criteria, the normal method where ‘not meeting requirement’ scored 0 / ‘meeting requirement’ scored 4. However, because there are also two risks identified, these need to be assessed using the opposite rhetoric, meaning that the greater the chance of the risk occurring the lower the score, and the lower chance of the risk, the higher the score.
Normal Method – Journey Time, Direct Route, Door to Door, Comfort Level, Cost
Risk Method – Risk of Traffic Jam, Risk of Accident
Analysis and Comparison of the Alternatives
Application of the scoring method based on the criteria provided the following results against the five alternative modes of transportation.
Table 2 Analysis results of Alternatives
Selection of Preferred Alternative
Based on the analysis the preferred alternative out of the five suitable options would be to take the ferry.
Monitoring Post Evaluation Performance
Preferred alternative transportation mode organized, and will monitor trip to assess whether or not criteria selection process was adequate. Concurrently, viewing situations, travel reports, news casts regarding the other alternatives to support the decision process will also be provide a check.
Continual refinement of the criteria by applying lessons learned
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- • Hua Hin to Pattaya by Ferry, Taxi, Car. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Hua-Hin/Pattaya
- • Pattaya-Huahin Ferry Available 1 Jan 2017 – Pattaya Daily News. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://pattayadailynews.com/pattaya-huahin-ferry-available-1-jan-2017/
- Transports Thailand – Trains from Hua Hin to Pattaya. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.thailandee.com/en/transportation-thailand/train/trains-from-hua-hin-to-pattaya