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Prioritization Methods

Prioritization matrices and techniques are designed to rationally narrow down the focus of any team before detailed implementation planning can happen. These tools should be used when:
  • Key root causes have been identified and the most critical causes must be narrowed down.
  • When the issues are complex and they have strong interrelationships.
  • There are limited resources for improvement activities so you must concentrate on the critical few.
Prioritization matrices are convenient and easy to use but in the Project History Day environment I prefer to use more simple approach which allows the participants to 'vote' on the three most important answers to the focus question. If your issues are numerous or very complex, you have a large team, or the team is not in one location, it would be easier to use a more structured prioritization matrix.
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