Draw two Axis on your working area, one for value, another for size:

Pull the elements from the backlog and place them on the template

  • You have to place every item according to its Size and Value
  • High value – means more to the right side of the template
  • Low value – means more to the left side of the template
  • Large size – means more to the top side of the template
  • Small size – means more to the bottom side of the template

When you are done with all of your Product Backlog items, you can divide our template into 4 areas

Elements in each areas are now called:

WOW elements:

  • They should be done first
  • They will bring you a lot of value without too much effort

NOW elements:

  • They will probably be worth enough to be brought into iterations, just after finishing WOW
  • All of them are small – so you can count on fast feedback

HOW elements:

  • They are big, but also valuable elements
  • They need to be sliced into smaller chunks in the near future
  • Probably 20% of this Item will bring 80% of its value, so after slicing you can move parts into WOW, NOW etc.

Tips, practices

  • Don’t put cards pernamentaly – move them every time you have doubts
  • Use estimates from the cards
  • You can stack items on each other
  • Try to compare nearby elements – are they bigger? Are they more valuable?
  • This might be useful at an early stage of your product – when there are a lot of musts
  • You can ask your team to prepare estimations faster, but also you can combine relative estimation workshop with assigning value

When to use this method

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