When prioritization fails - what NOT to do.

One common mistake by new Agilists is to think that the product backlog is a linear list with the highest priority item on the top. As it's often the case, the reality is different. Prioritization is neither binary nor linear. Your team will be asked to work on several competing priorities, like meeting the new regulation while working on the next product milestone (the product is the company lifeline) - and your product owner will insist these are both top priority!!

In this workshop we are going to explore different tools, to ensure that our teams are working on the highest value backlog items: from Eisenhower Method to Cost of Delay, CD3 and modified Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF).

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

This workshop is organized into 4 sections.

C1. Connections (5mins) - Engage participants in short activities to get the participants connect to each other and the facilitator, connect the participants to the subject or what they may already know about the subject.

C2. Discuss Concepts (25mins) - Review the product backlog prioritization concepts. Establish the dilemma in real-life situations, where teams have competing priorities. Review examples from participants real situation. Introduce the concepts of CD3, WSJF and share modifications that I have applied in real-life situations.

C3. Concrete Practice (20mins) - With the provide sample data to participants to simulate the issue. Each group will recommend what the team should be working on, based on the data provided. Each group will present their decision and justification to the room.

C4: Conclusions: (10mins): Participants to come with strategies to apply these concepts at work. Share the most interesting strategies with the room.

Learning Outcome

Understand and be able to sequence team priorities using tools discussed in this workshop .

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Product Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Open mind and curiosity

schedule Submitted 4 months ago

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