Prioritization Notes

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

Decision Making

Decisions must be based on data. Otherwise, you risk missing vital factors and end up with unsatisfactory results. Use quantitative rankings, charts, and matrices with values directly tied to your customer feedback and product strategy to help you with decision-making.

Visual exercise for prioritizing requirements in terms of customer value.

User story format: As a [type of user], I want to [action] so that [benefit].

  1. Frame the problem—Define the customer problem.
  2. Define the user—Define your target audience.
  3. Map user activities—Outline the activities every user does.
  4. Map user stories—Break down each activity into user stories.
  5. Prioritize—Rank stories by importance top to bottom.
  6. Flow—Map the users flow through the product.
  7. Identify risks—Envision the potential user issues.
  8. Plan sprints/releases—Group stories by priority within each activity.
  9. Schedule the prioritized user stories into sprints/releases.