A Recent, Sensible Methodology of Product Backlog Prioritization


I’ve by no means been a fan of MoSCoW prioritization. It includes sorting product backlog objects (or necessities on a non-agile venture) into people who a product

  • Should Have
  • Ought to Have
  • May Have
  • Will Not Have

The primary letters of these (MSCW) kind the premise of the acronym. The premise is that must-have objects are true necessities—embody these or don’t trouble constructing the product.

The product may very well be launched with its should-have objects but when too many are absent, the product will in all probability not be very satisfying.

And will-have objects are ones our clients and customers need, however they acknowledge they’re of decrease worth than the should-haves and must-haves.

It’s attainable to consider the must-haves as analogous to a minimal viable product. The should-haves and could-haves then transfer a product from viable to pleasant.

What I Dislike about MoSCoW

There are a few issues I dislike in regards to the MoSCoW approach. First is that I can’t recall a venture ever together with any could-have options. A characteristic on the could-have record may as effectively be placed on the Will-Not-Have record.

This is the reason I’ve written beforehand about preferring a easy method of Now and Not Now. Are we constructing a selected characteristic Now? Or Not Now?

Wants, Desires, and Needs

A couple of months in the past, I got here throughout a unique approach that’s just like MoSCoW. And I preferred it.

Yearly, I meet with a monetary planner who evaluations my funding accounts and tells me if I’m on observe towards issues like retirement. (I’m not retiring any time quickly—I like what I do far an excessive amount of for that.)

Since my earlier assembly with the planner, she’s begun utilizing new software program. And to organize for our assembly she requested me to log into it and fill out just a few pages of knowledge.

A type of pages requested me to enter my wants, needs, and wishes. At first I believed “wants, needs, and wishes” was an outdated track from both Dusty Springfield or John Denver.

I clicked on a little bit query mark icon on the web page to get some clarification. I learn that Wants are issues I’ll completely plan for in my future. Clearly that features meals, shelter, medical care, and such.

I additionally included in my retirement wants that my spouse and I want to go to our daughters, who might not stay close to us as they pursue their lives. Certain, perhaps that’s a need as an alternative of a necessity. However since this was a retirement planning effort, I used to be saying that I’d make the selection to work a little bit longer if that’s what it takes to have the ability to go to my daughters.

The software program knowledgeable me that my needs had been issues I actually, actually needed to plan on. However I’d be keen to offer them up if needed as a way to make the plan work. I take pleasure in consuming at eating places so I needed a retirement price range that supported that. Nevertheless it’s one thing I would like, not one thing I would like.

Lastly, the software program needed to know my needs. There actually wasn’t a lot definition apart from they’re a notch under my needs. And I didn’t actually have something to place in that class—in all probability due to my view that May-Haves by no means get delivered anyway. However, I used to be informed, that is the place I’d add issues like taking a month-long cruise round Greece.

Discovering It Useful

Regardless of my dislike of Should-Have, Ought to-Have, and May-Have, I discovered Wants, Desires, and Needs fairly helpful.

I feel it’s due to the readability. I discover must-have, should-have, and could-have to be unclear. The product will need to have these options or what? It will need to have these options in line with whom?

I discover the could-have record notably troublesome. Nearly every thing I’ve ever needed may very well be added to a could-have record. Constructing a brand new e-commerce web site? It may have a characteristic to prepare dinner me breakfast each morning.

Considering of the Wants, Desires, and Needs of your customers appears to get round these issues.

Since encountering the thought within the monetary planning software program, I’ve had the chance to attempt these classes out with three firms. In every case it went effectively, and I discovered explaining needs vs. needs simpler than explaining could-haves.

What Do You Assume?

I want to resolve if this can be a approach that warrants additional use. I need to listen to your ideas on the subject. I want you’d go away a remark under. Thanks.