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Sequential Attributes Matrix

Modify a process.

Sequential Attributes Matrix is a tool for finding ways to modify a process.

To create a Sequential Attributes Matrix table:

Step 1:  Create a table with 8 columns (see diagram below).

Step 2:  List each stage of your process down the left-hand column of the table.

Step 3:  Label the other columns:  'Substitute', 'Eliminate', 'Combine', 'Adapt', 'Exaggerate', 'Rearrange', and 'Reverse'.

Step 4:  Carefully apply the checklist of modifications to each stage. The checklist of modifications are:  Substitute, Eliminate, Combine, Adapt, Exaggerate, Rearrange, and Reverse.

Step 5:  Analyze how modifications might affect the interdependence of the stages.

Step 6:  Study the order and see if it can be changed around in any way.

Step 7:  Select the modifications that show the most promise.

Diagram of a Sequential Attributes Matrix:

Sequential Attributes Matrix Table

Word version of Sequential Attributes Matrix.docx (Click link to download Word version).

Excel version of Sequential Attributes Matrix.xlsx (Click link to download Excel version).

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Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Thinking, Alex F. Osborn, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953.

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