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Decision Matrix

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Also called "Checkerboard" or "Decision Grid"

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Goal

To use two sets of variables to rate options or to brainstorm possibilities

Attachments

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Materials

  • Flipchart
  • markers
  • paper
  • etc.

Instructions

Before

Pre-Work Required: The variables need to be decided ahead of time or a process for enabling the group to decide which variables to use.

During

1. Draw a checkerboard or matrix.

2. Write one set of variables across the top, one per box.

3. Write another set of variables down the side, one per box.

4. Brainstorm in the intersecting boxes.

Examples:

Can put "options" on one axis, "criteria" on the other and rate each option for each criteria.

Can put "Impact" on one axis, "effort" on the other

Can put "strategic impact/importance" on one axis and "likelihood of success" on the other.

Background

Derived from:  Doyle, Michael and Straus, David: How to Make Meetings Work, Berkley Books, 1976, 1993, p. 235;

Bens, Ingrid: Facilitating with Ease, Participative Dynamics, 1997, p. 160

Alternative names: Checkerboard or Decision Grid

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  • Depending on the variables, the visual nature of this tool can really help a group understand a complex situation

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