PairWise come with a great selection of features for collaborative prioritization
Wisdom of Your Crowd
PairWise is your collaborative prioritization service. Our process helps your team reduce time spend on discussions, exchange arguments and experience and learn from each other, and move from arbitrary rankings to specific value-for-money ratios. As the process is structured and transparent from start to end, all participants will be able to recognize their influence and footprints in the result. This means that the prioritization process actually supports and becomes an integral part of the change and acceptance activities which follows every major business decision.
Criteria is what you, your team or your organisation want or need. PairWise provides a transparent, inclusive and focused proces for determining the relative importance of each criteria. Invite knowledable participants and reduce the time spent on discussions: PairWise keep the debate on track, let you know when to move on and when to exchange arguments and insights, and each participants opinion is registered with a single click. Ultimately, PairWise will calculate ratios for each criteria and show exactly what is most important to your participants.
Alternatives are the options you can chose between (e.g. offices, projects, candidates, products, etc). PairWise let your participants evaluate all alternatives against each criteria. The process will reveal the viewpoints of each participant and provide an opportunity to share insights and preferences and understand when and why different positions may exist. When the evaluation is complete, each alternative will be assigned a calculated value based on the weighted criteria and the participant scores.
Value for Money Diagram
"I agree with you but the proposed alternative is too expensive". PairWise will help you avoid the "cost trap" argument. Your organisation need to know exactly which criteria are most important and to which extent the alternatives meet these criteria, before you consider the cost side. Cost is important, but not until you know the value of your alternatives. The Value for Money Diagram will show you value/cost ratio of each altenative. It may be obvious which alternative to choose or you may se a linear value/cost ratio for your alternatives. Anyway, the decision is now yours to make.
Want to involve a larger group of participants without gathering everybody for a debate? Use the distributed feature, where everybody can indicate their position and priorities by their own desk. For a simple example, let's assume you need to buy new laptops for everybody in the office: buy email you may ask everybody how they prioritize e.g. weight/battery life/connections. When the results are in, the procurement team will be able to evaluate specific alternatives against the office priorities.
Your priorities may be valid for quite some time but you may have to evaluate your options more than once during this period. The Recurring Evaluations functionality is perfect for this purpose. Listing a few examples will probably help: you may prioritize your strategy once a year but evaluate ongoing projects against your priorities every quarter. Or maybe you hire for a specific role several times a year? Each time, you can evaluate the candidates against a profile of prioritized skills. Do you make recurring purchases of a certain product type? Prioritize the desired qualities once, then evaluate the available alternatives against the priorities before each purchase.
PairWise always deliver "value vs. cost" reporting. With flexible reporting, you can also visualize "value vs. risk", "value vs. time-to-market" or any other parameter you can quantify.