Priority setting ...
When you reached a really large milestone in your project, next step is to focus on all the tasks that have been left over so far, as e.g. the priority was not high enough. In the AGILE world all tasks that did not make it in a Sprint so far, are collected in the Backlog.
Having a Backlog or Task list is fine, but how do you properly set the right priorities and, what are the key drivers for decision making? Some ideas below (more or less serious 😉):
- Highest salary always wins
- Sales beats strategy and other departments
- Who screams the loudest goes first
- The majority beats the minority
- Culture eats strategy for breakfast
- What makes most sense from a Total Cost of Ownership perspective?
- Quick wins before medium- and long-term goals
- What does your gut feeling say?
- Finance beats Sales, strategy or other departments
- What do your external Consultants recommend?
- What do your most trusted employees say?
- What does your spouse or partner think, kind of an independent opinion?
- Any supporting ideas from the Top 10 management books?
- What are the latest trends in your market or industry?
- Apply business best practices
- and so on ...
In order to avoid any influence, as you better find your own personal way and solution here, just two links with helping ideas:
- The “Everything is Important” paradox: 7 practical methods for how to prioritize work https://blog.rescuetime.com/how-to-prioritize/
- 4 Product Backlog Prioritization Techniques That Work https://www.perforce.com/blog/hns/4-product-backlog-prioritization-techniques-work
And some other weekend reading or watching material:
- GOOD TO GREAT by Jim Collins | Core Message (see also my 27-Jul-19 post) https://youtu.be/B9pCV-cS5qU
- An Empathy Map with a Time Variable https://www.verbaltovisual.com/empathy-map-with-time/
- How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy https://medium.com/darius-foroux/how-to-be-productive-according-to-ancient-philosophy-aafdcac74f43
- Digital Economy Report 2019 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development https://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/STI_and_ICTs/ICT4D-Report.aspx