On a new project, it’s easy to get rolled over by the tsunami of requests and requirements coming your way. Priority is becomes a game of “what isn’t a 1”?

A simple way to approach this with your team is to start with three buckets;

Have, Need, Want.

Any requirement discussed has to go into one of those buckets, there is no fourth bucket.

Each bucket is represented as follows;

Have – we can’t go out the door or show previews to our customers without these features.

Need – These are very important if not there, it won’t be great. They add value to the project.

Want – These are the polish, these are the things that will make the project beautiful and pristine like we know what we are doing.

Further translated – Haves are your MVP (Minimum Viable Product), Needs are what will satisfy a larger audience, Wants are the icing on the cake that will get people talking.

You need a mix of each in every project (it’s not all 1s, 2s and 3s) if you want to hit all those points (and you do want to hit those points).

Want more? Check out my book Code Your Way Up – available as an eBook or Paperback on Amazon (CAN and US).  I’m also the co-host of the Remotely Prepared podcast.


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