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MoSCoW Prioritization Template

Reach consensus and complete understanding of the importance of key system requirements and their delivery.

MoSCoW Prioritization Template

What is the MoSCoW Prioritization template?

Prioritize your requirements with a simple method defining must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and won’t-haves. Analyze the market or your product together with stakeholders or folks from different departments to define in which direction you want to evolve. Establish a hierarchy of project priorities, costs, or necessities as soon as possible to start the delivery.


Use a timeline for your project and determine what must be completed first for a successful outcome. Discuss features that should fulfill customers’ wishes and expectations and include working on them in your plan. List all the ideas that appeared during the brainstorming that could bring value to your product but are not that essential yet. Finally, make notes of ideas you would like to include in your product but won’t for some reason.


What are the benefits of the MoSCoW Prioritization template?

Thanks to the MoSCoW Prioritization template, you can:

  • Agree on companywide and interdepartmental project priorities.
  • Provide a more defined direction to your everyday work, thanks to the Must and Won’t category.
  • Get aligned towards goals, upcoming sprints, and releases and manage expectations easily.
  • Discuss how to settle any disagreements in the prioritization process and establish how to resolve the disputes.
  • Work on a good variety of initiatives by involving participants from various functional departments.


How to use the MoSCoW Prioritization template in a few steps?

  1. Open the MoSCoW Prioritization template on a new board or add it to an already existing one.
  2. Invite your team to the board by sending an email invitation or sharing the board URL.
  3. Join the audio and video chat with your teammates to see their faces and talk to each other during the prioritization session. Add camera stream cards to the board or to your cursor in the settings.
  4. Set the Timer to measure the time if needed. Such an approach will help you run a quick brainstorming session instead of an endless workshop.
  5. Start writing down the requirements of your new project on sticky notes. Place them in appropriate quadrants: Must HaveShould HaveCould Have, or Won’t Have.
  6. Go through all of the sticky notes with your team and discuss them together. Conduct a voting session to choose the best ones and convert them into actionable Jira items with two clicks.
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