Why use a Selection Grid?

Selection Grid

To select a single option from several possibilities.

What is a Selection Grid?

A tool used to assist with choosing a single problem from a list or problems or a single solution from a list of solutions using objective and/or subjective criteria. The Selection Grid may not give you a clear cut decision but does provide information you will need to make a final judgement.

How do we do it?

  1. Narrow the list of potential choices. Ask which items are of special interest to the group (or use multi-voting)
  2. Choose the criteria (each with a scoring system)
  3. Make a grid with the criteria across the top and the options listed down the left hand side. Complete the grid to evaluate how well each option satisfies each criterion.
  4. Use the information on the grid to help you select the best option

Two suggested criteria;

Worthwhile:
Is the problem (or solution) worth working on?
This can include quality (for the customer), cost (to the organisation), and hassle (for those who do the work).
Doable:
Can we make progress on the situation?
This can include support (form management and others), time (for us to see the work through to completion), knowledge (about the topic), and interest (in working hard at it).

Example

A tool used to assist with choosing a single problem from a list or problems or a single solution from a list of solutions using objective and/or subjective criteria