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How to Prioritise Using Mince Pies

I love mince pies. FACT.


It was a day in late November, and I was catching the late train home after a long day in the office. I needed a drink, so I went to the food and drink place in St Pancras International. I asked for my coffee, and was offered a Mince Pie for an extra £1. Ooh that’s a good offer, I thought, so I said ‘Okay’.


Whilst sitting on the train I sipped my drink and devoured my Mince Pie. The coffee was good, but the mince pie was average at best. Especially for a £1, I thought. Perhaps it wasn't such a good deal!


So I posted a picture of my pie to our Slack channel, and jokingly gave it a score of 6 out of 10. Our Slack channel went berserk with ‘You’ve had a mince pie - why have you scored it?’ ‘OMG you scored it’ etc. And I thought, well yes, I have had a mince pie, and yes I have scored it... I wonder how others compare, and I wonder which one is best!


And that is where it all started.

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Float, Move, Fight.

An alternative prioritisation model.


While I was coaching at a client site earlier in the year I got talking to a Scrum Master and ex Royal Navy Warfare Officer called John Harrison, after everyone had gone home. Now I’m not quite sure how we got on to the subject, but I seem to remember we were discussing how to bring his Royal Navy experience back into what he does as a Scrum Master. Then we started relating different military forces to the Stacey Matrix, but that's a whole other blog :)

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Which prioritisation method is right for me?

26-May-2016 17:46:06 Prioritisation Agile How-To

Imagine this scenario: you’ve created your initial product backlog. The requirements on your backlog have been broken down just enough, not too much, but just enough to be able to prioritise delivery of features to the customer.  How do you prioritise, who does it and what options do you have?

Firstly, it is important to have a vision. In fact, the product backlog should have been created with this vision in mind. The vision helps communicate to everyone involved what the outcome of the product should be.

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