Prioritization Notes

The best ideas on how to make a decision on what to do next


Never forget to nurture your backlog. Task storage doesn’t interfere—false. It drags the team’s efficiency down. Regular collaborative refinements and re-evaluation is the key to success.

  • Estimate complexity instead of time/effort.
  • Compare; don’t estimate absolute values.
  • Use sequences for estimation.
  • Block the influences to avoid biased estimates.
  • Estimate by the whole team.
Do not estimate:
  • The entire backlog—only the things on top of it.
  • Sub-tasks—doesn’t add relevant understanding of items.
  • Repetitive items with a higher estimate.
  • Unfinished items from last sprint—re-evaluate in case of big context changes.