Collect, Cluster, Filter (x2), Alternatives

Jason Yip
Nov 18, 2023
Prompt: “strategy as problem solving”

Noticed this strategy-as-problem-solving process from The Crux and I wanted to summarise it in a way easier to remember:

  1. Collect problems and opportunities to avoid focusing on the first thing that comes to mind;
  2. Cluster into related groups (aka Affinity Mapping);
  3. Filter for what needs to be dealt with now vs later;
  4. Filter based on importance versus addressability (a slight variant of an Impact Effort Matrix);
  5. Identify action Alternatives.



Jason Yip

Senior Manager Product Engineering at Grainger. Extreme Programming, Agile, Lean guy. Ex-Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl