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Good examples of projects with thoses priorities? [closed]

To illustrate the iron triangle, I'm looking for general examples of projects with the following definitions of priorities at the beginning: Scope -> Cost -> Schedule Scope -> Schedule -> ...
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PI planning and a manageable backlog

This question is about how a backlog can grow into a hairball and how to keep it manageable. You've done PI planning, understanding the vision, planning the quarter, understanding capacity and ...
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What is the resulting priority between Impact x Effort and Urgency x Importancy Matrices?

I'm trying to organize my tasks here in a spreadsheet because of the mobility. I'm trying to prioritize these tasks using 2 matrixes: the impact and effort matrix: This would result in a priority1: ...
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Relative priority of tasks with equal priority in a Kanban System

Let suppose that we have two tasks with equal priority (let's say both are set to High priority in Jira). But the work on one task was started a couple of weeks ago, and the work on the other task was ...
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Foundations of managing "highest priority" tasks in multi-projects

Despite all the Agile approaches which become hard to follow in a multi-project context all for themselves following Agile, depending on culture but also real life project situation, I observe over ...
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Is it possible to give timelines in SCRUM?

Our team is currently using a very SCRUM near approach in planning and development. But I constantly face one issue with our management. The management is part of the backlog priority process and each ...
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How to accurately communicate task priorities?

In my company, I am constantly struggling with how to accurately communicate the priorities of tasks. Some of the aspects of this are: Some tasks need to be done before a deadline, however, sometimes ...
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How do you prioritize work packages/deliverables?

Completing a project requires breaking the project down into work packages and prioritizing the work packages. How do you prioritize work packages? What factors do you consider to prioritize one work ...
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Interactions between agile teams in a software company

We try to use Kanban in our development project. Our team is one of many other agile development teams in our company. The other teams may use either Scrum or Kanban or something else (sometimes ...
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Project Prioritization using Weighted Scoring

In building a simple spreadsheet to help prioritize, I am trying to use weighted scoring for Value, Effort, and Cost. Each initiative has a value between 1-5 for each measure, with 1 being the least ...
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Should my backlog have a limit?

We are an ops and feature building team for an internal service for a large corporation. The team has a backlog of tickets that, very roughly, would take 6 months to complete plus we are adding more ...
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Priority coefficient for sprint planning

Some time ago I read about an entity called "priority coefficient" (my rough translation to English) which could be calculated via where IIRC: V is an item's business value estimated by PO S is an ...
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Backlog Grooming

I have a question regarding backlog grooming. I have completed product prioritization using MoSCOW method. I have it prioritized it as follows. I have rationalized it working with client and gathering ...
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What to do if a Key stakeholder asks for a new request while my team is trying to meet other important deadlines?

A key stakeholder asked for a new request. It wasn't planned and will take some time to finish. This is peak time for my team and we have other deadlines to meet. How shall I respond to this key ...
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Prioritizing both functional and non-functional requirements in Agile

Hi Everyone & Have a Good Day!! I am doing research on requirement prioritization in Agile. I need to prioritize functional and non-functional requirements by integrating both them simultaneously....
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Priority vs Business Value

We use a sort of cruddy old SLDC module in Service Now for keeping track of sprints. It has a field for Story Points and Priority. Priority is 1 - Critical through 5 - Moderate. Does this track ...
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WIP Limits broken by low-priority Stories - What to do?

Current Situation Small team of 4 developers and 2.2 QAs. I'm trying to implement work in progress (WIP) limits. There are currently many (37) Stories waiting for QA (also 22 currently being QA'd, ...
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How to shape the demand with Kanban?

I'm working with team working in a service delivery model. They are getting requests from the rest of a rather large organization. They don't have too much contact with the business side. We are ...
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What factors can affect the priority of a task? [closed]

Starting from the Eisenhower table, I classify my tasks like this: It's easy to handle urgent important and unurgent unimportant tasks. The problem is, hardly a task is urgent to me, but most of the ...
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Prioritization in Agile

I am quite new with prioritization requirements in agile. As we know, normally, during the prioritization process in agile, business value is the most important factor that taken into consideration. ...
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Is focusing on one project beneficial even when project priorities can't be quantified?

Small internal IT department that assists all of a company's departments. Each department has projects that each are 'priority 1' - the departments and executive team are unwilling to strictly ...
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In a data-driven startup, what should we *not* A/B test?

We are shifting our startup to a data-driven culture, and prioritising what to start testing [UPDATE: i.e. what goes in the product plan]. We have a reasonable number of users, and a working product, ...
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Software Dev Team; Managing Task Across Multiple Projects in a Manufacturing Plant with no Deadlines or Set Features?

I work on an very small software development team of 3 (remote 'full' timer, a full-time developer on-site, and myself as 'lead' on-site) in a "small" aerospace manufacturing plant of about 300 ...
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At what Work Item level does the Product Owner prioritize in TFS?

This question could be similar to At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?. However, I ask questions based on specific use cases that is not addressed there. Our team is reviewing our ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

When something needs to be done, be it a new task or getting help with an existing one, a knee-jerk reaction I've often seen in the wild is finding a person to do it. Here are some random examples of ...
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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

As a Tech Lead within a "Scrum" team, I am annoying regarding some laid rules. It is established that only Product Owner, Business Analyst and Scrum Master (and eventually Product Manager) take part ...
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Is there a good practice for TFS Stack Rank levels usage?

We have this big backlog in which the previous owners* were using its Stack Rank just as a criteria to put the "urgent" items in the top of the list. Whenever something was added and it was urgent or ...
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Is it useful to require a priority justification in scrum user stories?

Not to get too meta, but I was just about to write up a story to add "require priority justification when changed" to our company's Scrum software. And I was thinking, as a Scrummaster, that's not one ...
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Prioritizing requirements in traditional vs. agile projects

I am really new to prioritizing requirements in agile projects. What are the different aspects of prioritizing requirements in a traditional approach vs. an agile one?
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I created a table that shows weighted score, but what does it mean for my project?

Using data I received, I made that table, however what does it actually mean in terms of my project. How does it help me decide which one has priority, or which one should be done first?
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Resources management and a cumbersome situation

Given the following scenario (as I am new to this forum please excuse my noobish style to put the question). A customer project (lead by project manager K) buys a full time person P as agreed with a ...
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How to apply project management on IT Infrastructure sector (with daily priority tasks)

Nowadays the infrastructure IT team is struggling on manage their projects because urgent daily tasks (out of the project) or new projects are gaining priority over their actual projects. Due to this ...
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Method for scoring backlog items in Jira based on impact to company goals versus level of effort

My development team uses Jira Cloud, and I'm looking for some way within Jira to prioritize the backlog items (mainly "new features" and "stories"). I'd like to do this by manually assigning scores to ...
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Prioritization: How do I know if I should do it based on time to completion or difficulty?

One of the key problems I face when it comes to project management is determining when I should prioritize based on time or difficulty. Thus far, I have no method of determining something like this; ...
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How should we balance chores to reduce technical debt with impending deadlines for features?

I'm the Scrum Master on a project with three developers, one QA person, one designer, and me. We work on a project that we inherited about three years ago, a "portal" website and a cordova app. We're ...
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Influence code quality as Scrum Product Owner

Introduction: In theory, Scrum says that the development team is fully responsible and self-organized when it comes to all things related to development. This also includes code quality which imho is ...
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How exactly one can find out the influence of each risk component in Fault Tree Model? Is that possible at all?

How exactly one can find out the influence of each risk component in Fault Tree Model? Is that possible at all with model?
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At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?

I work for a small software company and I am the Scrum Master. In this company we have a small group of people who consist our StakeHolders. To represent the StakeHolder's interest the stakeholders ...
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Team member frequently disregards "small" requests

I am the PM for a smallish-medium software development team at a large IT services company. One of the developers is knowledgeable and generally a nice guy, but has a tendency to ignore "small" ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

I keep reading that during Product Backlog Grooming the development team meets with the PM and the Product Owner and as a team prioritizes the features. Is it ultimately the Product Owner who decides ...
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Can user stories be prioritized using labels applied by the customer?

So we have a disagreement between our customer and the development team, these are some facts: We are a software development company (I have a team of 3 devs and 1 QA) Our customer is a startup, that ...
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How should we apply MoSCoW prioritization to our project requirements?

I've read a reference to MoSCoW prioritization. I'm confused about what the requirements are for each level: Must Have Should Have Could Have Won’t Have (this time) Do we need all four levels of ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

We're doing Agile development, and even though we are not going as strict as Scrum, we'd like to keep the sprint planning meeting so that the customer is able to prioritize on business values for each ...
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How can I make unit testing a priority?

As a one man band delivering smallish web development projects, I found that nearly all regression issues that clients find in the final development phase of the project could be found with unit tests ...
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How to visualize changing priorities between different projects so each group of stakeholders could see the relative importance of "their" own?

Current status: 30 open projects competing for a fixed pool of R&D resources and workers. Stakeholders from within the company spread among different areas of the company (Production, Tech ...
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Should sprint backlog have MoSCoW prioritization applied?

Scrum states that the team should commit to delivering the stories in the sprint backlog. It is implied that once they have reached this limit, no more items are added to sprint backlog. Should the ...
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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

Real Situation: you are the project manager for a small company, you have one senior developer and one junior developer. You have a big client (accounting for about 50% of company sales) breathing ...
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Should defect criticality change based on user needs?

Question Is it correct to assume that the criticality of a defect can change along with the project's progress? If so, when is this acceptable? Background Criticality is one of the indexes we've ...
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Setting up priorities for the team of developers [closed]

Let's say we need to create a new system for internal use. You will have to set up priorities for the team of developers. To start using this new system, the product could be released with 6 ...
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Product Backlog for Entire Department?

I'm starting a new department as a manager, and this will be my first time having direct reports. I have directly managed people on-and-off for the last 4-5 years, but the reporting structure has ...
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