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Prioritizing and Ranking Issues
Prioritizing and Ranking Issues

Raising, Discussing, and Resolving Issues is a critical function of every meeting. Be sure to prioritize Issues to make this week a win.

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Written by Thomas Mains
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Addressing Issues

Issues* are the heart of our Weekly Team Meetings*. We join together to Raise, Discuss, and Resolve (RDR)* the Issues* most pertinent to our responsibilities for the week, quarter, or year.

Three Methods of Prioritization

We have three primary ways to prioritize a list of Issues* for a Weekly, Quarterly, or Annual Meeting*.

Incorporating one or more of these strategies helps keep our meetings focused on simplifying the work that needs to be done.

Ranking Issues 1-5

A user can rank an Issue* while creating it by selecting a 1-5 in the Priority field.

During a meeting, the 5s take precedence. If there's remaining time after covering these Issues*, the team will continue with the RDR* process.

Note: If an Issue* isn't ranked before the meeting, have the Issue's* owner assign a number at the start of the Issues* segment of the meeting.

Our descriptions for each number are,

  • 5 = Must solve today

  • 4 = Will ideally solve today

  • 3 = Solve today if we have time

  • 2 = Don’t need to solve the Issue* today, but should solve it soon

  • 1 = Not an urgent Issue*, but it would be good to solve it near-term

Select the # symbol to adjust the order of Issues* according to their prioritization number.

Top 3 Selector

Sometimes there are far too many issues to tackle in a single meeting, and it may be worthwhile for the meeting leader to select the Top 3 Issues* to RDR*.

During a meeting, navigate to Select Top 3 Issues above the Owner* column of the Issues* table. Then, select three individual Issues* — the first Issue selected is marked with a 1, the second with a 2, and the third with a 3.

Tip: After the Top 3 Issues* are discussed, continue covering Issues as ranked until the allotted time for Issues is completed.

Drag and Drop

Some managers and teams prefer adapting the priority of specific Issues* as the meeting progresses by dragging Issues* into an order that works for them.

Tip: It is not necessary to cover every Issue* in every meeting. Use these methods to ensure the most important topics are addressed.

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