moscow method agile
In Agile methodologies, the MoSCoW method is frequently used as a technique to prioritize work items. It helps teams understand what needs to be done now, what should be done next, and what can be deferred.
The method aligns well with Agile’s emphasis on delivering value incrementally. Here’s how each category is typically interpreted in an Agile context:
- Must have (M): These are the critical user stories or features that your product can’t do without. They are non-negotiable and must be completed and delivered in the current sprint. If a ‘Must have’ requirement can’t be completed, the sprint would typically be considered unsuccessful.
- Should have (S): These are high-priority items that are valuable but not vital. While it would be beneficial to have them in the current sprint, their absence won’t result in a failure. They are important, but not necessary for delivery in the current sprint.
- Could have (C): These are desirable but not necessary items. They are low-cost, high-value items you might deliver if everything else in the sprint goes as planned. They are the first to be removed if the team runs out of time or resources.
- Won’t have (W) (or Would like to have): These are items that won’t be addressed in this sprint but could be considered in future sprints. They might be low-value or lower-priority items, or they might require resources that aren’t currently available.
By using the MoSCoW method, Agile teams can effectively manage their backlog, make better decisions about what work should be done next, and ensure they are delivering the most value to their customers with each iteration.