MoSCoW Prioritization

What is it?

It is one of the simplest methods for prioritisation. This is useful if you have to reach a consensus in a team meeting.

Must: Critical. Without this, product/release is a failure

Should: Important, but not critical for the release

Could: Desirable but not necessary. Example: If it is there, customer satisfaction will increase

Would: Least critical. Can be ignored for this release. Plan it for later

Why do you need it?

  • Quick and simple prioritisation
  • Useful when there are less features / items.
  • Drawback: If more items are there, many are marked as must - then you do not know which one to prioritise amongst it.

Who uses it?

Product managers can use it convince stakeholders in a quick meeting. Especially, when they do not want to know the in-depth details

How to use?

Label the tasks in hand with “Must”, “Should”, “Could” or “Would”.

MoSCoW Prioritisation by Project Cubicle