Changing Your Priorities

The what, how, and why of prioritizing development work

This article first appeared in agile-thoughts

Priorities form a landscape, not a line

What if…?

Buggy thinking

It’s time to change your priorities

TL;DR

  1. We don’t just prioritize: we prioritize with respect to one or more criteria.
  2. We should explicitly state rather than assume the prioritization criteria.
  3. When we talk about prioritizing by business value, we should be clear about what kind of value to the business we mean.
  4. When we talk about prioritizing by business value, we should say explicitly that we mean estimated not known business value.
  5. The main reason for prioritization is that our work exceeds our time.
  6. In practice, all prioritization schemes boil down to three categories: do it now; do it later; never do it.
  7. Prioritization is a consideration in scheduling, but it is not the same as scheduling.

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