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If doing a "one-shot" session with a group of stakeholders and all you're aiming to produce is a Needs Matrix, it takes about a day. We normally call this a Mini.

Having said that, the quickest we've seen it done is 4 hours.

You can make the session shorter by encouraging the participants to come with some decisions already made. Such as:

  • business objectives and weightings

  • "customer" types and weightings

However, we don't recommend it. Much of the value of a Method stakeholder session is in the discussion around precisely these subject areas. Also, not everyone is great at describing an objective and the facilitator has an important role to play: simplifying sometimes complex business-speak and sometimes as an agent provocateur.

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