April 8, 2010
This is a fast and simple technique for developing agreement around organizational priorities. It was adapted from a technique presented by Adaptive Path’s Henning Fischer at UX Intensive.
Materials & Requirements
- Pre-printed worksheets listing items under consideration and two blanks next to each item, one labeled priority and one labeled feasibility.
- Pens and/or pencils.
- In advance, prepare the worksheets. Be sure to put in the instructions that the total for each column must equal the number of items multiplied by 3, for example if there are 5 items, the total of each column should be 15.
- Hand out the worksheets.
- Instruct meeting attendees to circle the number between 1 and 5 for each item that represents their perceived priority for that item, and the their opinion on the feasibility for that item. Make it clear that the total for each column, the total must be 3 multiplied by the number of items.Some participants may feel like they are technically unqualified to evaluate feasibility; tell them to circle what feels right based on how complex they feel it would be to do: how much staff or budget it would require, for example.
- Collect the worksheets and enter them into a spreadsheet.
Plot individual, sub group, and full group averages on charts where the Y axis represents the priority, and the X axis represents the feasibility. The items in the upper right are more “must haves” and/or problems that would be easy to solve quickly. The items in the middle area are things that are either more difficult or less of a priority, and may be good longer term goals. Items in the lower left are things that are good candidates for reevaluation or reconsideration. Compare variations in different sub-groups or between different individuals to identify topics for additional focus and further discussion.