Why use a 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?
- Narrow the list of potential choices. Ask which items are of special interest to the group (or use multi-voting)
- Choose the criteria (each with a scoring system)
- 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.
- Use the information on the grid to help you select the best option
Two suggested criteria;
- 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).
- 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).