Everything is NOT a “Priority” | A fun and engaging prioritization technique with HGTV's House Hunters activity 

Everything is NOT a “Priority”: A fun and engaging prioritization technique with HGTV's House Hunters activity

Prioritization continues to be one of the biggest challenges in Agile Transformations. Choosing the right set of features often marks the difference between short-term failure or long-term success. So how do you make sure your stakeholders are making the right choices? If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then this workshop is for you!

  1. Do you have multiple stakeholders with competing priorities?
  2. Do your stakeholders constantly change priorities without explanation?
  3. Do your stakeholders tell you that everything is a “Must Have”?
  4. Do your stakeholders think that that their work is far more important than the other groups you work with?
  5. Does your stakeholder prioritize their work in a vacuum?
  6. Do their priorities align back to the overall vision?

Adrienne Rinaldi will share her experience, insight, and actionable techniques and tips that you can apply to any stakeholder prioritization session. She will walk through the preparation and execution of the “Buy a Feature” prioritization exercise, which will enable you to see how this can be leveraged and applied in any organization with multiple stakeholders with competing priorities.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

5 min - Introduction

10 min – Discussion on Business Value

Not all features created equal

Methods for determining value

10 min –Explain Activity - Preparing for Prioritization Session w/Stakeholders

25 min – Buy a Feature (HGTV House Hunters Example)

In this exercise you will be split up into groups (5-8 people) Within your team, each of you will play the role of a “stakeholder/stakeholder representative” (e.g., Marketing, IT, Business, Finance, etc.). As most of you know, each stakeholder generally wants and values different things from your agile team, so you will have to balance all of the different stakeholder requests (that each of you have) within your group. We will now walk through a business valuation/prioritization exercise that can be used internally with your existing stakeholders/customers

  1. You are all in the market to buy a new home and HGTV's House Hunters has contacted you to be on their show. They have asked you to list out the top five features that you would be looking for in a home (e.g., location to work, man cave, walk in closets, chef’s kitchen, in home movie theatre, large fenced yard, etc.). Please be as specific as possible.
  2. Now place them in a ranked order from top to bottom (underneath your name on the wall), on which features are most important (top = most important/valuable).
  3. Now you have learned that your group/team is relocating for 1 year due to a re-organization and you will all have to live in a group house. You each have $50 to spend across all of the features:

3a.) Discuss within your teams with the other stakeholders to determine where you should spend/allocate your $$$$ (MAKE SURE YOU CONSOLIDATE ANY DUPLICATE FEATURES)

3b.) Use the small post it notes to denote how much money you are going to spend on your selected “features” (note: you can spend all $50 on one feature, or you can break it down into multiple post its with smaller denominations (e.g., 5, 10, 15, 20) 3c.) PLEASE PUT YOUR INITIALS OR NAME ON YOUR SMALL POST IT NOTES WITH YOUR MONEY $ AMOUNT ON IT, SO YOU CAN SEE WHO (WHAT STAKEHOLDERS) HAVE VOTED FOR WHAT FEATURES

  1. Each group will de-brief on the exercise and outcome for their respective groups. Consider the following questions:

4a.) What features received the most money?

4b.) How many of you voted for items that you didn’t originally want?

4c.) Did any of you vote solely for items that you didn’t have on your original list of 5 features?

4d.) Was there any negotiation between your group on features? 4e.) How do you think this could be used in your environment?

  1. Discuss key takeaways from exercise and implementation tips

10 min – Debrief Exercise/Outcomes and Questions

Learning Outcome

Session Outcomes:

  • Discuss Common Prioritization Challenges and Techniques
  • Learn about Business Valuation
  • Preparation steps for a Stakeholder Prioritization Session
  • Introduction of “Buy a Feature” Prioritization Technique
  • Execution of “Buy a Feature” Activity in groups of 5-8
  • Key takeaways for prioritization exercises

Learning Objectives

  • What are the specific takeaways you want your audiences to gain from your session? How will your suggested strategies and/or knowledge improve their world of work?

Target Audience

This talk is suitable for anyone who works with stakeholders and is open to all skill levels. On agile teams, Product Managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters and BAs will specifically find this talk relevant.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Let's have fun! This is an interactive session. Participants will be expected to participate and engage.

This workshop is aimed at helping us facilitate discussion between stakeholder groups, which helps provide transparency into the features which truly provide the most “value” and “impact” for end users/customers. This exercise also helps identify alignment among groups and typically results in stakeholders negotiating among themselves, rather than with the agile teams.

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  • Lynn Winterboer
    By Lynn Winterboer  ~  2 months ago
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    Hi - Thanks for submitting to Mile High Agile!  The slides attached here don't seem to go with this talk - can you provide a link to the correct slides?  Thanks!

    • Adrienne Rinaldi
      By Adrienne Rinaldi  ~  2 months ago
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      Thank you for reaching out. The link has been updated to the correct slides. I appreciate being able to fix the mistake. 


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