An interesting sidebar comes today, if a tad off-topic, from another APICS article, this one from Peter J. Sherman a Certified Supply Chain Professional living in Atlanta, GA. Sherwood provides a “quiz” to see what type of decision maker you are. It’s only 5 questions. Give it a whirl… We’ve edited it a tad for space.
- You’re asked to develop a proposal to launch new product proposal. You:
- Dig up data to generate some initial ideas, talk with colleagues, then write up the proposal.
- Draft the proposal, add some charts, and get it in as soon as possible.
- Find your group’s last product launch proposal, look at recent data, and model the new on the old.
- Reviewing recent sales figures, you notice a spike in a recently struggling division. You:
- Look up some data, run some numbers, make a couple of calls to figure out why sales are up.
- Are suspicious about the increase.
- Congratulate the division manager for turning things around.
- You’re leading the search for a new team member and must develop guidelines for evaluating candidates. You:
- Pull resumes of past top performers to help you define the ideal candidate profile.
- Talk to several people you think might be interested in the job and try to understand what their profiles would look like.
- Check previously used criteria to fill similar positions.
- You’re evaluating options for a product redesign and your market research is inconclusive. You:
- Choose the option you think your team is most likely to make work.
- Rely on your best sense of what your customers will like.
- Commission more market research before making a decision.
- Your boss asks you to prepare the department budget for next year. You:
- Review recent budget trends and meet with team leaders to learn whether forecasts need to be adjusted for changing conditions.
- Ask your team leaders to provide their budget expectations and aggregate the results.
- Project the budget on the basis of an extensive analysis of historical trends.
Interpreting the results: According to Mr. Sherwood: “If most of your answers are 1s, you’re an informed skeptic. If most are 2s, you’re a visceral decision maker. If most are 3s, you’re an unquestioning empiricist” (you derive your knowledge from experience). The tie-breaker, by the way, is Question #3 if you need one.
Source: APICS Magazine, Mar/Apr 2015 issue – sidebar article, p. 43.