A simple way to prioritize product features for an epic, project or other initiative
Use this template to align your team around what’s most important as part of an epic, project, initiative or release.
- a good understanding of user needs, so that you can make informed decisions about what’s essential and what isn’t
- clear business objectives so that you can weigh these up against user needs during prioritization
- features clearly broken down into user stories or other similar ‘chunks’ so that they can be prioritized in a straightforward fashion
You can run this exercise synchronously or asynchronously, and with each feature, decide whether it is a:
- Must have: essential for the success of the initiative and needs to be in the first release
- Should have: essential but can wait until a subsequent release – you can think of these as ‘v1.1’ features
- Could have: nonessential but still valuable, and so should still be considered to be part of this project
- Won’t have: explicitly excluded – this is a great way to set expectations for what’s getting axed
Finally, it’s often helpful to bring a broader range of people into this exercise than you might have in sprint planning, for example, as it’s a great way to bring people on board with your thinking in a reasonably time-boxed way.