A really helpful prioritisation technique is the MoSCoW approach. While it has its origins in project management, it definately has wider uses such as in preparing presentation content, developing press releases, giving feedback to others and so on. Here, Alec McPhedran of Skills Channel TV, gives a short overview of MoSCoW.
What is the MoSCoW Approach?
MoSCoW is a prioritization technique used in project management and software development to categorize and prioritize requirements or features. The acronym MoSCoW stands for:
Must-haves (M): These are critical requirements or features that must be included in the project for it to be considered successful. They are essential and non-negotiable.
Should-haves (S): These are important requirements that are not as critical as must-haves but are still highly desirable. They may be deferred to a later phase if necessary.
Could-haves (C)* These are features that would be nice to have if resources and time allow. They are considered optional and may be implemented if there is capacity.
Won't-haves (W): These are requirements that have been explicitly deemed as not being included in the current scope of the project. They are intentionally excluded.
The MoSCoW method helps project stakeholders, including clients, developers, and project managers, to have a clear understanding of the priority of each requirement or feature. It facilitates communication and decision-making by establishing a shared understanding of what must be delivered first and what can be deferred or excluded.
How do I use MoSCoW?
Using the MoSCoW method involves the following steps:
By following these steps, you can effectively use the MoSCoW method to prioritize and manage project requirements, ensuring that the most critical features are addressed first while providing flexibility for additional features based on project constraints and priorities.
Alec McPhedran Chtd Fellow CIPD, Chtd Mngr CMI, MAC, MCMI is the managing director of Skills Channel TV, a training company for talented creative people. He specialises in one to one coaching, facilitated learning, media training and team development. For further information, contact 0121 366 87 99 or visit www.skillschannel.tv.
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