Prioritizing Causes & Solutions
Post brainstorming, Fish bone technique, data gathering exercise , you are left with a long list of causes, solutions and you now need to find the ones that really matter and you should invest effort of digging further (causes) or start implementing (solutions). When you brainstorm for solutions, you may get a lot, use the CI Matrix to find the ones you should really implement.
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Ideas/ thoughts can be generated by brainstorming - this serves as the next step - to organize and summarize natural groupings among them to understand the problem and come up with innovative solutions. So it is a complete technique to brainstorm and distill ideas
FMEA - Failure Mode Effect Analysis
FMEA is a risk management tool, used to find your biggest risk areas for the chosen area. It helps us find, prioritize, risk areas to work upon as a project. Cause of failures found via FMEA route , help you find prioritized areas of work
Pareto helps you prioritize and visually present it. Find the factors that are affecting your problem area most and improve your process.
NGT - Nominal Group Technique
A voting technique to prioritize, distill ideas from a brainstorming session .
C-I , Control - Impact Matrix
Have you encountered situation where you have found a solution or a cause but realized some where in the process of implementation that you have no control over the cause or idea.
OR it could be that you realize that the impact of solution on the problem is big enough to fight for control
Control - Impact matrix or another variant - Effort - Benefit Matrix is such prioritization tool that helps you figure out , if solution or cause is worth fighting over to get approval or implement