A Prioritization Matrix is a useful tool that can be used by teams to achieve consensus about an issue. The Matrix helps rank problems or issues (usually generated through Brainstorming) by particular criteria that are important to the organization. Once the Matrix is completed, the team will see which problems are the most important to work on improving first.
Through a brainstorming process, complete the following table:
Now each team member rates each candidate problem on the list. Depending on the size of the list, the scale for may range from 1 to 4 (shorter problem list) to 1 to 7 (longer problem list).
Total all the ratings for a single problem together at the end of the row. The totals will clearly illustrate how the group prioritizes the problems. Sometimes multiple rounds of voting/rating will be used, with intervening group discussion, before a consensus prioritization is achieved.