The How Fucked am I Matrix (or HFI Matrix) was designed for team members to not only learn about how they optimally operate, but also about their fellow teammates.
It monitors each member’s energy level and workload each week which gives both them and you a good idea of where everyone on the team stands. This does three things for the entire team:
To use the HFI Matrix, get your small/core team together and have each person place themselves on the matrix based on how energized they are feeling and how much work they feel like they have. Then, have each person (including yourself) talk about why they placed themselves where they did.
I’ve found that it works best when using it twice per week, once in a Monday standup and then again later in the week in a retrospective. This allows team members to think about how their energy and workload changed throughout the week. They can start to really dig into what changes those two things.
Also, I’ve found this helpful as just a personal, random check in to see how I’m feeling throughout the week.
The vertical axis is your workload, from low on the bottom of the axis to high on the top of the axis.
The horizontal axis is your energy, from low energy on the left end of the axis to high energy on the right end of the axis.
In general, each quadrant represents the following:
Here are some examples of using this with my team over the past year. You’ll see that we use each matrix twice per week, once on Monday during our standup and once on Friday during our retrospective. We often talk about what effected where we were on the matrix throughout the week and try to map out that journey with an arrow path.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at hello(at)danstrangfeld.com
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