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Analysis>Difficulty and Impact Analysis

Difficulty and Impact Analysis is used to determine whether it is feasible to make the improvements. 

It is a simple but useful tool.   A matrix is used (see example below).

When you have a range of improvements to make it helps to assess the difficulty and ease at which these improvements can be achieved. 

You plot all the improvements on the matrix by positioning them according to whether there impact on the business (or area under review) would be low or high and whether the level of difficulty to implement the improvements would be high or low.

The results will provide you with a list of improvements that can fall into one of the following 4 categories:

Improvement would have high impact and low difficulty to do
Improvement would have high impact and high difficulty to do
Improvement would have Low impact and low difficulty to do
Improvement would have Low impact and high difficulty to do

You would generally deal with the high impact and low difficulty improvements first.  However, because of commercial reasons, you may choose to do improvements that fall into one of the other categories.












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