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Ep.31 Prioritisation methods: Screening Checklist & Relative Visual Ranking

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Previously, I wrote about SAFe. In frameworks such as SAFe, work is prioritised using various methods.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll cover some key ones, starting today with two basic prioritisation methodologies:

1) The Screening Checklist:

The most basic of prioritisation, where you screen all incoming requests and assess them on criteria, such as: Is the request aligned to our team purpose? Do we know whether our customers want this? Will it contribute to our OKRs? Are critical external dependencies needed first?

2) Relative Visual Ranking:

is a comparison technique to categorise items according to a relative scale. Assess the Value it brings, or the Size of the job (effort & complexity), by ordering the work relative to each other, using the Fibonacci sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8…) a.k.a. T-shirt sizing (XS/S/M/L/XL).

Remember the Agile Principles? #10: 'Simplicity, the art of maximizing the amount of work not done', is essential. Say ‘NO’ to work not aligned with the team’s purpose or of low Value, or (very) high complexity.

First published here.


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