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Personal Perspective Paper Having lived for 54 years so far, I’ve had opportunities in my life to make a wide array of decisions, ranging in complexity from what to have for dinner to whether or not I was going to build my own home. Each of the decisions I’ve had to make have employed some level of a graduating decision making process from flipping a coin (often used to decide what to have for dinner) to taking weeks developing a Rational Decision Making Model (done when my wife and I decided we would build our home ourselves). In a professional environment, working for the Boeing Aircraft Company, in St. Louis, on the military programs as a Quality Engineer, I’m required to identify the root cause of problems the inhibit the most cost effective methods of building aircraft. My professional decision making tool box includes models of a more statistical nature such as Taguchi Diagrams (Fishbone Diagrams) which I use to identify the many possible causes for an effect or problem and immediately sort ideas into useful categories which are then easily analyzed to determine the best course of action to eliminate a problem. Other statistical tools I use consist of XBar and R Charts, and a Decision Making Matrix, much like the 9 Step model our assignment used this week that I became familiar with quite a few years back when I began working in the Six Sigma world. This matrix is an excellent tool that “evaluates and prioritizes a list of options”, it “first establishes a list of weighted criteria and then evaluates each option against those criteria” (American Society of Quality, n.d.). The selection of which decision making model one should employ may even require the use of a decision making model itself. Arriving at…...

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