(This is a guest post by Dan Toma, an Accelerator Manager and Coach, and author of the upcoming The Corporate Startup Book. You can find Dan on Twitter, LinkedIn or his blog.)
Like with so many other good ideas that looks trivial on paper, but people struggle applying, prioritization using a Hi-Lo diagram will be classified, by the ones that tried it and failed, as exactly that: a good idea that even though on paper makes sense, in real life it’s creating more hustle than it solves.
Being a big fan of this way of prioritization ever since I’ve read David Sibbet’s Visual Teams and Visual Meetings, I’ve tried it in many circumstances and actually wrote about it on a couple of occasions.
Looking back on all of my attempts of using the method, it is safe to conclude that, my success with the method had more to do with the fact that I was using it alone and the number of things I tried to prioritize was quite limited, than with me actually understanding how to build and use a HiLo.