Lean Priority Method – Identifying the “Right” MVP

Agile Product Development Teams often find it difficult to carve out the minimum viable product (MVP) to build first, because they hardly know what the high priority features are. Many teams follow some prioritization technique, but often find some pitfalls in it and end up doing incorrect MVP. We want to explain and demonstrate the Lean Priority Method we use to prioritize features first and then the stories next, in order to craft the MVP for a product. The method has a formula with parameters used in WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) technique of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) and couple of other parameters (User Adoption and Uncertainty) based on our coaching and learning experience.

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Problem Statement:

In release planning, agile teams tend to plan for MMP (Minimum Marketable Product) first, rather than MVP (Minimum Viable Product), trying to do everything (NOT BEING LEAN) to make the product for General Availability (GA) – Lack of focus on “maximizing the amount of work not done”.


Put the team’s focus on building the most valuable features first by providing a method that gives clarity on the priority of work.


  • Create a product story map with epic, features and stories
  • Have a small group of Business and IT folks of the product dev team to use the Lean Priority Method
  • The method suggests to do relative rating of various parameters that impacts product development and delivery
  • Use the method to prioritize the features and identify the MVP feature set
  • Use the same method to prioritize the stories of the MVP feature set and identify the MVP user story set

Learning Outcome

  • Understand multiple factors that affect selection of the “right” MVP
  • Be able to craft the “right” MVP for the product quickly and efficiently

Target Audience

Agile Coaches, Value Team Facilitators (VTFs) – same as Product Owners, Agile Team Facilitators (ATFs) – same as Scrum Masters and Product Engineers and Architects.

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  • Kaushik Saha
    By Kaushik Saha  ~  2 years ago
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    Determining MVP is key for the business agility. Wonderful topic this is to demonstrate.

    Thank you so much.



  • Shiv Sivaguru
    By Shiv Sivaguru  ~  2 years ago
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    What is the need to introduce new labels - ATF / VTF, if they are the same as other roles?

    • Felix Pradeep Savariraj
      By Felix Pradeep Savariraj  ~  2 years ago
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      In our organization, we use ICAgile terminologies - Agile Team Facilitator (ATF) for Scrum Master and Value Team Facilitator (VTF) for Product Owner. If selected, we will set the context and give this clarity to the audience upfront.

  • Fabiola Eyholzer
    Fabiola Eyholzer
    Just Leading Solutions
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