Prioritization Notes

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


Prioritization can not only be ruined by the lack of a system. Dangers to proper decision-making are within the team: the opinion of the leader or overly expert opinions you can't argue with, or spontaneous decisions based on client requests. Find out some common management mistakes to avoid them in your team.

Really High-value New Opportunity—a sales-person with a customer deal for an unplanned feature insisting re-allocating resources to build what's required to win the deal.

  • Ignored strategy and roadmap.
  • Resources allocated to serve a single customer.
Two ways to handle:
  1. Compare the opportunity cost and value, and argue against signing the deal if you have customer insight supporting the roadmap.
  2. Adjust the roadmap if the opportunity includes features you already had planned for later in the year.