Adding (+) Decisions

ODEs 7 step process to getting you through your decision.

What is “Add Decision” ? 


Video: How To Add Decisions


This is for when you are feeling the decision is a big one. Maybe you’re choosing a university, a degree, deciding who to vote for or picking your next location to travel to. No matter the decision, the process takes you through ODEs 7 steps in order to create, group, prioritise and assign your way to an evaluation page. This last page will give you your result with a % score towards the best choice for your decision.   

 Note: If you’re a registered user (not in Trial mode), you can also use the Feedback Loop to get insights from friends and family.  


How To: ODE’s 7 Steps To Decisions


    Creating Your Decision/Question


Well, this one is easy! Write down your question which will help you make your decision. 

This stage is also where you will see any open feedback loops you may have. 



What is Criteria?


“A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.”


So, you have your question written down and you’re ready to figure out the best solution! The first step is to add Criteria. These criteria help you put together points which you think are crucial to the question. For Example;

Question = Should I get a Dog?

Criteria = Price, Cuteness, Size, Breed, and so on. 

These Criteria are used down the track to help quantify how worthwhile your different possible choices are.


Question Types for your Criteria:


  • Metric for Value = Allowing you to define a metric of measurement for values - For example, currency, time, weight or distance are metrics you may want down the track. 

  • Either/Or = For simple yes/no answers for a question. You can also customise for your criteria. 

    For example swapping yes/no for good/bad. 

  • The Slider = The possibility to assign a value to both ends of a line. Then, define the “Steps” the dot will jump moving along the line. An example would be a line which has a bottom value of 1, top value of 10, and the “dot” moves 1 step up or down at a time.

  • Multi-Choice = Well, we all know this one! 

Tip: Each choice in a multi choice should have a value attached for weighting. For example, A (5) is as good as B (5), but C (10) is twice as nice. You cannot has 2 choices with the same value.

  • The Arrow = Choose whether lower or higher values are counted as better for you when adding each question type. 

For example: budget with a lower value would be preferable when creating a production video. In this case, you would make sure the arrow is facing downward, indicating lower values are better. If you are using "Either/Or", then the arrow facing up means the left option, and the arrow facing donw means you favour the option to the right. 


Weighting Criteria


In the app, you will be asked to “Weight” criteria. This is to assign a value which gives a criteria a sense of worth. When doing this, we recommend keeping the value of a “weighting” in a group to whole numbers.




What is grouping criteria 


Once you have your criteria finished, we recommend putting them into groups. 

The availability of arranged and quality information has a positive effect on the decision-making process. People tend to decide more effectively if presented with related information in an arranged manner.



For example: When choosing whether to get a dog, we have decided “finance”, “wants” & “needs” were our 3 key groups. Under each group are smaller bubbles which represent how many criteria you have allocated.    


Grouping Criteria



Press the button to add your groups.

You can see your criteria waiting to be added as you make your groups. 

Once groups are created, click group to add highlighted criterion. 

All criteria are added. You can see how many criteria are in each group.


You will find at the Results Stage, your grouping is used to guide the graph, summarising criteria as per the picture below: 




Prioritization: “Sort By Importance To You” 


With the ODE tool, you can prioritise all your information based on your wants and needs.

Using drag and drop, you can move groups up or down. The top is of the highest priority for groups, and follows chronologically in descending order. 

Criteria within groups can also be sorted. Drag and drop the left in a group to set high-test priorities, with the least important sitting to the right. 



During Arrangement, you also have the opportunity to rename criteria, change the question type or delete. At this stage you can not directly add new criteria. 

To do this you will need to use the “…” symbol and jump back to “Criteria”.




Decisions are affected mostly by our choices, past experiences, behaviours, personality, and emotions. 

What’s shocking is that our choices aren’t based on a logical reasoned way of development, but instead on our own subjective likes, wants, needs and dislikes. 

Use this instance to write down all choices you see as possible. Whether you think they’re what you want or not, we recommend writing them all down. This will give you the most well-rounded answers to close with. 


  Value Assignment


At the stage of assigning values, you will see question types come to life. Likely, your page will be full with a mix of the 4 question types available. As you begin to assign value in this process, it is worth noting that for everything you don’t answer will impact the accuracy of the results. 

Here is an example below: 



Note: You will find that if you have many criteria, your potential options will span across multiple screens. Not to worry! When you are assigning value to the criteria for each option, there is a button at the bottom of the screen which will take you to the next screen for you to continue assigning values. 


Here you can see an example of the "Next Page" button. Clicking this will take you to the rest of your options. 




You’ve made it! The results stage gives you an easy to digest graph, with your choices below it. Each choice will have a % assigned. The higher the %, the more likely that choice is the best for your decision. 

You can click on each choice. This will change the results on the above graph. The graph uses key indicators, which you would remember as your Groups. The graph outlines each Choice rates against your defined Groups, and inherently your set Criteria too. Using the graph is the best method for understanding your options and how each may be of value.



The bottom banner has the buttons which you can use:

Make Blueprint if you feel this decision would be useful for someone you know! Learn more about Blueprints here

Duplicate gives you an exact copy of your entire decision process, with all date transferred into the duplicate. Unlike the Blueprint feature, you cannot pick and choose which parts you copy.

Delete will put your decision process into the trash. 

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