Every company needs a way to prioritize. There are only so many hours in a day, after all.
The question is how you should prioritize the bewildering tangle of tasks that lies before you. You can simply make a to-do list, but that gets lengthy and complicated in a hurry.
Instead, you should consider MoSCoW method. It’s a simple breakdown of what must be done, what should be done, what could be done and won’t be done. The o’s are kinda superfluous.
The MoSCoW method is designed to be used by a team, with a committee approach to determining how important each task is. It also has the advantage of discouraging procrastination and clearing up what needs to be done.
Look at it this way. If something is a must, it needs to be done at the expense of all other projects. If it’s a should, you can turn your attention to it after the musts have been cleared from your plate. If it’s a could, tackle it only when you have the time. Having the won’ts is the most important point of all, because it means you won’t be dragged into a task that’s less important when you’re tackling the musts.
As long as your team is willing to put in the time to prioritize and can agree on musts and won’ts, the MoSCoW method ought to save you time and make it much easier to categorize your various projects and tasks. With a small business, you can probably come to a consensus quickly and move ahead on getting those musts done. You may just find that by the end of the year, the switch to the MoSCoW method might make you more productive than ever.
For those who have used the MoSCoW method, what do you think of it?
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