Using the Impact/Difficulty Matrix for Problem Solving

You have all these solutions. How do you determine which solution/solutions to go after first?

This is where you use another tool, Impact/Difficulty Matrix.

1.    Go through each solution & plot it on this matrix according to whether the impact on the business (or area) would be low or high (horizontal scale) & whether the level of difficulty to implement the improvements would be high or low (vertical scale).

2.    Now you have a list of improvements that you can prioritize:

Quadrant 1: High difficulty/low impact – Forget it,

Quadrant 2: High difficulty/high impact – Maybe

Quadrant 3: Low difficult/low impact – Low priority but could be worthwhile

Quadrant 4: Low difficulty/High impact – Go for it.