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    • Prioritization Matrix

    • A Prioritization Matrix can be used by teams to achieve consensus about an issue by ranking the problems identified during Brainstorming, using particular criteria of importance to the organization. Once the matrix is completed, the team can see which problems are the most important to address first.

      Completing the Prioritization Matrix:

      1. Identify problems using a brainstorming format.
      2. Complete the table. In the first column, list the problems, concerns, or issues identified by the group.

        Problem Frequency Importance Feasibility Total Points

      3. Describe characteristics of the problems.
        • Frequency—How often does the problem occur?
        • Importance—How serious is the problem when it occurs?
        • Feasibility—How realistic is it to think the problem can be corrected?
      4. Have each team member rate each problem on the list. Depending on the size of the list, the scale will vary.
      5. Total together all of the ratings for each single problem on the list. The total points will clearly illustrate how the group prioritizes the problems. Sometimes multiple rounds of voting and rating will be required, with group discussion in between, before a consensus priority can be achieved.