Prioritize options against 2 potentially contrasting criteria to identify the most important options to focus on now.
Core team, stakeholders, subject matter experts
This will benefit the team by building a shared understanding and alignment among a group of people in order to more easily determine how best to proceed.
Whenever the team has to decide the most important items to focus on when presented with multiple options and there are contrasting opinions on how to proceed.
There is currently a remote template available in Miro. Here you will find step instructions on how to conduct this practice remotely including general tips and info.
Preparation: As a group, agree on 2 relevant prioritization criteria.
Create 2 perpendicular intersecting axes and label each axis with one of the chosen criteria.
Start by selecting an option at random and place it near the center.
Choose another option and, as a group, position it relative to other options on the grid, vertically and horizontally.
Repeat step 4 until every option is positioned on the grid. The highest priority options should be in the top-right quadrant.
You know you are done when your group has decided on an option (or options) to focus on.
If there are too many priority solutions in the top right quadrant, re-draw the axes within that quadrant to further separate the solutions. Remember that this is possible because the axes are relative, not absolute. Keep adjusting until you land somewhere manageable.
Too many options can make this practice more difficult and time consuming. If there are 20+ items, consider spending time removing options that are irrelevant to the criterion selected. Involve people who can evaluate against the chosen prioritization criteria (e.g. a Designer should speak to usability, while an engineer should speak to technical complexity).
Develop the prompt for the 2x2 before the X/Y axes. If the axes don’t resonate with the prompt, the group will struggle with placement and focus.
When choosing qualifiers for the X and Y axes, consider: