After agile estimate and agile planning, prioritizing the product backlog has a few more techniques worth watching. Mike Cohn has a variety of techniques described in prior years, but this set of slides hasn’t been as popular as the ones on planning and estimating. The content tends to run:
Approaches to prioritizing include:
- Kano analysis
- Expert opinion
- Theme screening
- Theme scoring
- Relative weighting
- Financial analysis
Kano analysis maps the presence of features against satisfaction, as:
- Mandatory / Baseline: must be present for users to be satisfied
- Linear: the more of it, the better
- Exciters / Delighters: Features a user doesn’t know she wants, until she sees it
The other approaches are more typical scorecarding approaches.
Here’s a slide deck dated June 8, 2010.
The Agile 2008 presentation is unfortunately not embeddable in this blog post, but viewable in a browser at http://www.infoq.com/presentations/prioritizing-your-product-backlog-mike-cohn .
A June 19, 2009 presentation from the Norwegian Developers Conference can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfcTORR2dBM
A variety of slides over many years is available on Mike Cohn’s web site at http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/presentations/prioritizing-your-product-backlog .