SDP Fellows weigh in on their favorite books
12/16/2016 10:26 AM Posted by: SDP
SDP Fellows weigh in on favorite books
Survey responses on favorite books
In 2014, we surveyed the SDP membership for their favorite books; those responses form the basis for the publications listing in the SDP Library. We decided it was time for another book survey - this time a questionnaire to SDP Fellows with the following three questions:
We will summarize the responses in three blog posts, starting here with an overview of all responses and some detail from responses to the first question.
First, the Fellows don’t always answer the question you ask of them! Many responded that the questions were a bit vague (agreed) and "it depends”, so they offered more nuance.
Twenty-six different books got at least one mention, with the following books showing up the most across all of the questions.
Approximately ten of the books mentioned were books not even suggested in our 2014 survey, and highly deserving of inclusion in a list of best DA books – so we’ll add all of those to the list on the site.
Favorite book to give to someone just learning DA:
There was no clear consensus here, with many books receiving votes. The two with the most were Smart Choices (Hammond et al) and Decision Analysis for the Professional (Celona and McNamee). Several of the Fellows provided more nuanced responses depending on the audience. Some examples:
Pat Leach – "Usually Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational. If they’re more advanced, then Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, but it can be a bit much if you’re not already into it. Ariely’s book is better for newbies in my opinion.”
Karen Jenni – "Some version of MUA -- depending on the person, it would be Smart Choices (Hammond, Keeney, and Raiffa), or Value Focused Thinking (Keeney)”
And our favorite and nicely detailed advice from Bob Clemen...
"To answer the first two questions, well, I don’t think I can give a single book. Multiple reasons:
Now that’s an answer!
We’ll cover favorite book to give a prospective "client" or decision-maker in our next posting.
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