AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) has two core use cases for supporting better decision making; ‘build a portfolio’ and ‘pick a winner’. Both are premised on structured collaborative decision making, and share a lot of common features, but this guide will focus on the latter.
If you are interested in ‘Build a Portfolio’ type decisions please look at our other guides, these are the solutions we work on most frequently:
In principle ‘Pick a Winner’ can be applied to many scenarios, but these are the most popular applications:
- Vendor Selection
- Value engineering / Process design
- Go / No-Go Decisions
- Public Policy development
- Candidate selection for recruitment
We will explore these use cases throughout this guide.
There are a lot of fantastic academic reviews out there which validates this approach (for example this, from the automobile sector) or you can revert to the case studies of Professor Saaty AHP’s creator, but this guide will focus on the practical application of AHP, as experienced by our clients here at TransparentChoice. For more background on AHP look here.
Let’s dive in.