Flowcharts for Strategic Decision Making

Our decision making skills are put to good use to solve problems and make choices. Making a decision implies choosing one course of action that has the highest probability of success from several alternative choices. The most difficult task in decision making involves picking the desired alternative by keeping the level of uncertainty low. But, very few decisions are made with absolute certainty because complete knowledge about the alternatives is hardly available. Thus, decision making involves risk taking, but the degree of risk involved varies between alternatives.

When you are building a software solution to solve a particular problem, you need to be focused on solving the problem and solving it well. Here at Creately, we chose to use a third party solution to complete a product that we were working on. In the excitement of getting the product out, we signed up with a 3rd party service without brainstorming on the list of other available alternatives. Once we executed the decision, we realised our mistakes. Lesson learned the hard way indeed!

This is exactly when we decided to use flowcharts in our decision making process. As flowcharting is considered to be a proven method in documenting processes, we adopted this to brainstorm, evaluate and identify the best alternative possible.

Below is an example of a typical flowchart used in decision making. This would help us evaluate the consequences of each alternative. 

How to decide on<br />
 choosing a 3rd party solution.

Now are you trying to figure out the best online flowchart drawing software? Great, check Creately for free now to see how Creately works out to be the best alternative in drawing quick flowcharts online.

With Creately's pre-drawn flowchart templates, smart flowchart symbols, 1-Click Create-N-Connect feature and the powerful interface make flowcharting is a breeze on Creately. Give it a try and you'll soon love yourself for this.

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