Capabilities, Importance, Urgency

A way to help improve the situation is to take Covey’s original two-dimensional matrix and add a third dimension. The third dimension is the creativity required for the project (or the level of thought as explained in Chapter 4). The “Capabilities, Importance, Urgency” figure shows this.

When laying an organization’s projects out using these three dimensions, the nature of the difficulty of the Quadrant 2 projects becomes apparent. Since many people have difficulty understanding three-dimensional graphics, color bubble diagram are sometimes substituted. In color bubble diagrams the size of the bubble shows the number of professional people working on a project and the color of the bubble shows the level of creativity likely required for success. The “Resources Capabilities Importance Urgency” figure shows this.