Determine which solutions to explore first
1 - 2 hours
Core team members (PM, designer, engineers)
Construct a 2x2 matrix on the whiteboard using the blue painter’s tape and label the axes clearly using parameters that make sense for your context. For example:
If whiteboard space is limited, you can do this exercise on a window
Plot the solution sticky notes on the 2x2 (can go around in a circle, person by person, if desired) and discuss
Use this opportunity to extract any immovable requirements from product - especially if they’re business driven
Do your best to end with manageable number of solutions in the top right quadrant. The team should feel comfortable about where you land.
You know you are done when the team has prioritized their solutions and is comfortable that they’ve identified a manageable list of top solutions to explore.
This is an activity that you can time box if it feels drawn out. Many of the tips embedded above are intended to help you avoid rabbit holes, but if that happens you should feel empowered to move things forward by refocusing the team, setting a timer, or forcing a decision.