Once your collaboration has generated a robust list of possible solutions, it is time to refine and prioritize those that will move the needle most effectively and efficiently. Refining solutions is critical because unclear solutions are much more likely to lead to future misunderstanding.
One way to refine your solutions is to consider the “Five Ws” (who, what, when, where, why) for each proposed solution. If the solution clearly answers each of the Five Ws, then it can move on to prioritization.
Prioritization involves bringing all of the refined solutions back to the collaboration. Together, you will rank the ideas from most to least effective at solving the defined problem and creating the change you want to see. Then, you will work together and look at all of the ideas to discuss feasibility. Ask: “Can we get people to do this now? Is this idea affordable given current constraints?”
As a collaboration, discuss which should be prioritized right away and which may be better down the road.