Agile Prioritisation with MoSCoW
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Agile Prioritisation with MoSCoW

How to get the most from one of agiles best techniques
3.5 (1 rating)
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Created by Keith Richards
Last updated 9/2016
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  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Prioritise your work in the most effective way when using agile approaches
  • Ensure that your project delivers the most important features at the right time
  • Respond to change quickly without compromising any of your deadlines
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  • You do not need to have any level of knowledge of MoSCoW before taking this course, but you will need to accept the idea that when working in complicated situations such as with complex projects, you cannot have everything you hoped for when you started off, due to the learnings and changes that have been encountered on the way.

This course explains what MoSCoW prioritisation is and how it can help you to get your projects in on time without compromising the quality of what you are delivering.

An essential part of working in an agile way is the ability to prioritise. This enables a team to protect quality and to hit a deadline. However, there is more than one way to do this and one of the most powerful techniques is only used by a small percentage of the agile community. 

The terminology of MoSCoW is very easy to pick up, but to be able to apply it correctly takes a little bit of skill and judgement. This course has a series of video lectures presented by Keith Richards who is a thought leader in the agile community. 

The course is supported by a key exercise that allows you to experience how easy and also how difficult MoSCoW prioritisation can be. There is also a downloadable document that allows you to keep a very simple set of 'at a glance' tips to help you MoSCoW on a day-to-day basis.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for anyone who needs to know the basics of one of the most essential prioritisation techniques that is commonly used in the agile arena today
  • The course looks at prioritisation in complicated or complex situations such as projects where a simple system of "1, 2, 3, ...., n" will not be appropriate.
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 04:12

This opening lecture explains what this course will cover. It gives a brief description of the course agenda and introduces the presenter, Keith Richards, who explains that the course is focused on helping delegates to use MoSCoW in real-life situations. The lecture concludes with the need to understand the importance of prioritisation and how it is an essential ingredient in today's world of agile.

Preview 04:12
The Fundamentals of MoSCoW Prioritisation
2 Lectures 07:03

This lecture covers the very basics of MoSCoW and also starts to build on those basics with clues to how it works when used in anger 

What is MoSCoW Prioritisation?

It is important to apply MoSCoW in the right way and in the right place. This lecture explains the relevance of 'scope' when using agile and the need to assess the work involved i.e. 'Is it a project or BAU?'

Project Constraints and Project Context
Useful techniques to help with MoSCoW Prioritisation
4 Lectures 16:23

By the end of this lecture delegates will understand how to tell if it is really a 'Must have'. 

Preview 06:02

A simple guide on how to spread the effort over the different levels of priority is described in this lecture, along with the definition of the 'Minimum Usable Subset'.

The 60:20:20 'Rule of Thumb'

Decomposition (also known as 'breaking things down') is a key technique in getting MoSCoW to work when it really matters.


It is often seen as a 'cheat' but the reality is that using MoSCoW at the different levels of a project is where you can decide what really matters during a project, and at the same time, correctly manage the expectations of your customer.

Levels of Prioritisation
Practical exercise and close
1 Lecture 10:36

This lecture tests the delegate to see how good they are at MoSCoWing a set of requirements (for a website that sells jam). Delegates should pause the lecture (part way through) having downloaded the exercise. The remainder of the lecture is a debrief on how the list of requirements could have been assessed. It is not as easy as it may look!

Turners Jam Case Study - how well can you MoSCoW?
About the Instructor
Keith Richards
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CEO at agileKRC

Keith is the founder and director of agileKRC a company that has specialised in bringing the benefits of agile and lean to organisations since the late nineties. 

Keith has over 30 years’ experience in I.T. and project management. He trained PRINCE2 for nearly a decade and is an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner. He is also an accredited DSDM Advanced Practitioner and Trainer and IAF Accredited Facilitator. 

In 2006 he became the technical director of the DSDM Consortium and in the following year was lead author for the team that created DSDM Atern, a project focussed agile framework. 

Two years later, Keith specialised in the pioneering approach of combining agile with PRINCE2 and authored the book ‘Agile Project Management: Running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM Atern’ (published by TSO). 

In 2010 Keith was involved in the development of ‘Agile Project Management (AgilePM)’, a ground-breaking new training course and agile qualification from the APMG. 

Keith was awarded the ‘Most Valuable Agile Player’ at the UK Agile Awards in 2011. An award recognising a decade of thought leadership, delivery and innovation. 

In 2014, Keith was selected by AXELOS to be the lead author for ‘PRINCE2 Agile’ which involved an international collaboration of over 40 people from wide variety of experiences across a wide spectrum of project management and agile.