Prioritize your challenges and solutions
Are there more than enough ideas to improve company processes but are you lacking the time and oversight to cherrypick the best solution? Are you running into a challenge to which you see no fix? Or do you keep running into the same problem over and over again? With a Lightning Decision Jam you quickly decide which challenge to start with and which solution you should try first. By making faster decisions, you’re able to move quickly and stay agile.
What is a Lightning Decision Jam?
Lightning Decision Jam, it does have a ring to it. It sounds a lot sexier than a streamlined decision-making process. Because that’s what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. It doesn’t give you a ready-to-go solution, but it does point you in the right direction and helps you to find the first step to take!
Lightning Decision Jams are a part of the Design Sprint 2.0 process. They’re a creative way to prioritize challenges and solutions. An example: Think about all the ideas in your head. Simply starting to execute them isn’t very practical. It would also be a waste not to act on these ideas. By running an LDJ, you’ll define and order your challenges. By prioritizing them, you’ll know which one to start with. You do the same for the solutions to these challenges.
Another example: your company grows, which causes certain processes to pinch. With an LDJ you identify bottlenecks and then you can think about solutions.
How does a Lightning Decision Jam work?
With a group of at least three people, preferably more, from your company, you make a “loop”: note – stick – vote – prioritize – note – stick – and so on. That’s it!
Okay, there might be a little more to it, so let’s take it step by step. Every participant writes down positive and negative thoughts with regard to an issue (Note). Hang all notes visible for everyone on (Stick). The negative points are arranged by voting for them (Vote). Choose a top three from the problems with the most votes (Prioritize).
You can then come up with solutions for those top three by means of a new loop and then assess them for feasibility. The solution that has the greatest impact with the least effort, could be a great subject for a Design Sprint.
Want to run a Lightning Decision Jam?
Stuck in a meeting? With an LDJ you’ll get that show on the road. That is possible, but with the following comment: although it seems simple, it is not that easy to do such a process yourself. I’m sure there are “blind spots” within your company too, things that you simply don’t see yourself. That is why it is wise to have an LDJ supervised by an outsider. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience with this method, which means that I often feel that there is more going on than there is at the time and that can be the missing link.
In this article, you will read a short description. I have further elaborated the Lightning Decision Jam in a presentation, request the pdf here.