Project prioritization served with RICE
How do you prioritize complete randomness from every angle against the work that is mission critical? How do you keep your developers engaged while slogging through the worst maintenance project they have ever seen, while also helping them work on their passion projects? How do you get the fun stuff done while you work on the opposite, all while having the most impact for the team, the business, and your customers?
As a product manager, it is important to be able to find ways through the craziness, the passion, and the demands in order to make sure you are working on the right things at the right time. In my career, I have been asked to balance wild ideas, an open source community, required work, developer burnout, all while keeping a product backlog moving forward properly. I will talk about how I bring order to chaos using a framework called RICE and how you can apply this to the simplest or the most intense backlog using real world situations. I will also talk about how I have modified this framework to fit the real world, you know with deadlines and things.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
- Discuss the normal problems of prioritizing in chaos
- Discuss prioritization methods that some people use
- Introduce RICe
- Use the examples from prioritization methods to show how RICE helps prioritize those items
- Talk about ways to add extras to this method (e.g. due dates, in progress, etc)
- Closing and Q/A
- Give a link to the example spreadsheet used in the presentation
Attendees will learn about the RICE framework for prioritization and will know how to apply it. They will also have an example spreadsheet that will allow them to implement this method right away.
Anyone who is struggling to find some sanity in the chaos that can be organizing priorities that are at conflict with each other.
Prerequisites for Attendees
Think about your todo list (or your team's). Are you having fun prioritizing that backlog of things to do? Is it working well? Does this system sort itself or do you have to do this manually?