How to Create a Project Priority Matrix (The RIGHT Way!)

Adriana Girdler

The easy & effective way to create a project priority matrix You may not want to hear this, but it’s the truth:You cannot be successful …

The easy & effective way to create a project priority matrix

You may not want to hear this, but it’s the truth:
You cannot be successful in projects if you don’t get your priorities straight. Knowing how to make a project priority matrix is an absolute MUST for every project manager!

The purpose of a priority matrix

A project priority matrix takes the project management triple constraints theory that involves scope, time, and budget, and helps you decide your order of priorities for these three aspects.

Having a project priority matrix really guides your decision making because it gives you a clear understanding of the #1 constraint you have in your project, so that you know what aspects of your project are flexible vs. immovable.

How to create a priority matrix

A priority matrix is about taking your triple constraints (scope, time, and budget) and deciding which one is a constraint, which one can be optimized, and which one is acceptable.

If you’ve never created a project priority matrix before, all this lingo might sound a little confusing. So, I created a video to visually show you exactly what a project priority matrix is, how to make one, and what exactly all these terms mean!

Head over to YouTube with me to hear more.

On top of that, in my course SLAY Project Management I go through every project management technique you’ll need for a successful career, including how to use them in both project and non-project settings. Make sure you check it out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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