WSJF – Simplified

Try this …

  1. Get proposed feature list
  2. Assign “business value points” using Fibonacci – just relative ranking – use Planning Poker – this is a team exercise with PO’s, Architects, other SME’s. Complete this step for entire feature list before moving on to step 3.
  3. Assign “cost points” (or “size points”, or “Feature Points”) – Again, relative sizing using a Fibonacci scale.
  4. Rank = Value/Cost. (This is WSJF slightly simplified). Sets priorities for release planning.
Simplified WSJF
Simplified WSJF

For more about WSJF, check out Don Reinertsen’s book: The Principles of Product Development Flow. Or, if you have 4 days and a couple of grand to spare, take a scaled agile class. Or, take a look at the image below.

WSJF - Explained
WSJF – Explained
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