Current Method, Better Way Matrix – Discovering Innovative Solutions With Your Team

Purpose / Objective:

  • Challenging assumptions about what is possible.
  • Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress
  • Innovation tool

Every company, team, and person have established patterns of What, Where, When, Who and How something gets done.

It ranges from simple things like arriving at work, when we take breaks, to complex things like employee onboarding and hiring practices.

Taking time to challenge existing assumptions and working to create small steps can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. While building a shared understanding of ‘why we are here’ and how we can improve things.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix

The Current Method / Better Way Matrix is a Team Project Management Tool that supplies people with a tool to challenge existing assumptions – while providing structure for everyone to feel comfortable.

The tool can help the team develop ideas through discussion and discourse. When options for goals and implementation are established everyone has a well-developed (and known) understanding of the steps.

How to use the Current Method / Better Way Matrix

First, you must identify what you are going to explore using this tool. The clearer you are with exactly what you want to improve and develop the better your results will be.

You can copy the chart above on a white board and supply each team member with a chart.

  • I recommend the handout has these headings – What: Where: When: Who: How – across the top; Plus, – Current Method: Reason: Better Way – down the left side; with the remaining areas left blank for people to fill in.

Work through the matrix starting with the left column – What – and discussing the Current Method then Reason ending with Better Way

Once you understand and discussed the What column move onto the Where and then onto the other columns respectively   

Now what?

At this point, the team has discussed and explored diverse options of better and different ways to improve upon the process/ tasks. Using this information the team can start to develop goals and implementation steps.

The Current Method / Better Way Matrix is a team tool that can stretch minds and assumptions to Enable Innovation and create a comfort level that allows for breakthrough ideas to happen.

MiKe Cardus BNP Executive Exchange Facilitator

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