MoSCoW Prioritisation Method in Agile

  • must have — first next major release
  • should have — second next major release. After the first release was live, the backlog items from this category become must-have
  • could have — third next major release. After the go-live of the first release, the backlog items from this category become should have after being evaluated.
  • won’t have this time — descoped
  1. Features planning. As a Product Owner, you’ll first assign the features to any of these categories. You’ll take the Must-have features and split them into user stories.
  2. User story planning. As a Product Owner, you first define the user stories of your futures planned for the next Program Increment. The next step you do as a PO is to assign each user story to one of the categories: Must Have, Should Have, Can Have, Won’t have this time. All the user stories from the group Won’t have this time are removed from the feature, if the feature contains user stories in the other categories. When implementing SAFe, it is crucial to finish the features during the Program Increment.
  3. Program Increment Planning Meeting. While planning the next 4–5 sprints, the team will look into the categories of the user stories. The scrum team analysis the user stories one more time. The results are: the objectives link to the user stories in the must-have category, the user stories related to the uncommitted goals should be in the group of should have. The can have user stories, will be the ones the team wants to innovate on during the innovation and planning sprint. The user stories remaining in the “Won’t do this time” will be removed from the scope and removed from the features planned for the PI. At the end of the PI Planning Meeting, the scrum team has assigned all the user stories to sprints, and the four categories are empty, ready for the planning of the next Program Increment.

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