How to Empower Prioritization Skills?

There are dozens of smart scientific methodologies to improve prioritization skills. Is it required to try all of them? Or how to choose the best one?

In fact, any method is effective in its context and can have absolutely no sense in applying to a particular product.

The author of the post on Hygger blog shares his vision about some popular methods and tools for setting priorities that will be useful to product managers, project managers, entrepreneurs, business owners and everyone who cares about prioritization. Let’s dive into the most interesting extracts.

Before choosing an appropriate prioritization technique, follow the common rules:

  • Determine the values.
  • Make simple lists to organize the whole day.
  • Be flexible to be ready to change priorities for factors beyond your control.
  • Do not forget about tasks with fewer priorities.
  • Set realistic goals (for example, using SMART-goals approach, where the goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant /Realistic and Time-bound).

If you are ready to apply a smart prioritization method, start with the most simple or the most popular one.

Kano method is the famous technique well known all over the world.

Kano method is also called the “Theory of attractive qualities». It makes it possible to describe the satisfaction of what needs leaves the customers indifferent, dissatisfied, or makes them happy. The theory consists of the following premises:

  • Customer satisfaction with product features depends on the level of functionality provided.
  • Features can be categorized, depending on how customers react to the level of functionality provided.
  • You can determine how customers feel about a feature through questionnaires.

Kano methodology helps to define relationships between the product update, the level of customer satisfaction and market dynamics.

There are 3 key components of the quality profile by Kano:

  • Basic, which corresponds to the mandatory characteristics of the product.
  • Expected, which should correspond to the “quantitative” characteristics of the product.
  • Attractive, which corresponds to the characteristics of the product, which is admirable. This is a kind of surprise.

What do you think about this model?

Actually, if it does not suit your product or service you may try another method any time you want. MoSCoW prioritization technique, Opportunity Scoring model by Anthony Ulwick, Story Mapping approach, Value vs Cost, gaming techniques and so on and so forth.

Do not forget to apply smart product management software that were designed for large and small product teams. They facilitate planning, scheduling, analyzing your tasks and help in prioritizing tasks quickly and easily.

All these will definitely help in your daily work and personal matters.

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