Tuesday, February 10, 2009

tow vehicle decision - part two

Okay, now that I've let the anticipation grow over the past few weeks, I'm back to work through my all-important tow vehicle decision right here in front of the world. You, dear readers, have the opportunity to witness the obsessive-compulsive, overly-analytic, spreadsheet-oriented process that I employ for such decisions as...

Which stereo system should I buy, based on the optimal combination of price, features, sound quality, and fewest unsightly wires to conceal?

...as well as...

Coffee?... or tea?? (okay, just kidding about that one.)

The corporate types and 'Six Sigma Practitioners' refer to this decision-making tool as a Pugh Matrix, but I like to refer to it as the 'help-I'm-going-all-neurotic-and-overthinking-stuff-again' or the HIGANOSA Method. (Acronyms -- all the cool kids are using them.)

To start with, I'll determine the criteria against which I will test each of my tow vehicle options. Here's what I'm thinking so far:

The best solution will have:

I think that's about it. In some upcoming riveting posts, I'll brainstorm my list of options and assign each option a 'score' for each criterium. At the end of all this HIGANOSA-ing, I will have (a) finally written a few blog posts this year, and (b) more fully exposed the depths of my quirkyness to the internets, and (c) have a solid decision on what to do about towing Central Air this season. Believe me, you won't want to miss a minute of this.


Greg and Kris said...

OMG! I'm all geeked out for more spreadsheets and axial analysis charts! Sweet! I've never used three exclams in a single post before, either. What the hell, let's go for four.


Christy ~ Central Air said...

Thanks, Greg! I'm glad that *you* are enjoying it. I, on the other hand, am more than a little concerned about the direction my little blog is moving lately. It's like 'Romeo & Juliet' meet 'DFSS & RUP': The Musical.

Hopefully things will change when the sailing season begins in 48 days. Then I can get back to my typical "Oops, I drilled a hole in my boom in the wrong spot... and then I panicked because I thought my boat might sink, but then a nearby fellow sailor came to my rescue, drilled a hole in the right place, and assured me that the boat wouldn't sink - hee hee."