Alignment and Action Matrix

Just an idea

I’ve been toying with an alignment and action matrix, and what it means in regards to projects.

Some quick hits:

  • Action/alignment – Pro: Feels excellent, optimal state about 80% of the time, Con: If you are always here, you are running into local maxima.
  • Nonaction/alignment – Pro: This is planning, and planning is good. Con: No plan survives first contact with the enemy.
  • Action/nonalignment – Pro: This is exploring and experimentation, breaks local maxima. Con: You are “wandering,” do it too long, and you’ll have nothing.
  • Nonaction/nonalignment – Pro: Recovery Con: Waiting

This matrix is something to think about with your projects when it comes to status. Maybe you are in the right place, even if it doesn’t seem that way.