This paper describes five techniques to collaboratively determine a single, best option from a list of alternatives in a software development environment. Techniques discussed include the pure plurality technique, the majority runoff technique, the Borda count system, the Condorcet method, and the Schulze method. We suggest that some of the key factors you should consider when using group evaluation techniques include the number of options, the number of evaluators, whether the alternatives are policy decisions or product decisions, and the extent to which evaluators are affected by the final result of the analysis.
Dr. James McCaffrey oversees technical training for software engineers working at Microsoftâ€™s Redmond, Washington campus. James worked on several key Microsoft products including Internet Explorer, and is a Contributing Editor for Microsoftâ€™s MSDN Magazine.
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