W07_SJP_Going on a trip, what mode of transportation is most suitable?

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?”

Feasible Alternatives
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

Selection Criteria
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.
Scoring Criteria:
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



One Reply to “W07_SJP_Going on a trip, what mode of transportation is most suitable?”

  1. Nice work as usual, Steve!!! BUT……. You CANNOT claim credit (BCWP) until your client has ACCEPTED your work…… That means your W5 report claimed credit for work you had PHYSICALLY COMPLETED but the CfH had not ACCEPTED it yet.

    That is a small but very important aspect of applied EVM that is not often explained clearly. To put it in perspective, if you ask your dog to do a trick and he FAILS to do it, or does it improperly, do you give him a doggie biscuit?

    The whole concept behind EFFECTIVE USE of EVM is to closely link PAYMENT to PERFORMANCE (based on the CPM schedule ACTIVITIES and not just MILESTONES) and I GUARANTY that your contractor performance will improve SIGNIFICANTLY……

    Give a try on one of your real life projects and see what happens….

    Dr. PDG, Back in Boston


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