MoSCoW Method??


While I was having a meeting with a project team, I was asking for an update on testing done on an application after  the solution  was provided for some issues

I was shown an excel sheet with few columns. Column showed the existing issues, remarks and challenges, status. But again, there was one more column which was filled only with a single characters.

Each line item was flagged either M/S/C/W.

When I asked the team ,what did that symbolize I was told “Its MoSCoW Method”

Now I only knew there is a city called MOSCOW..um somewhere is Russia?? But I din’t knew method by that name existed. As I discussed over the call, I came to know about this nice Agile methodology

So what’s this now?

MoSCoW stands for:

M: Must have

S: Should have

C: Could have

W: Won’t Have

They were talking about the attributes the website should be having. Technically we call it as ‘functionality’

This method is basically a way to prioritize the requirement

  1. Must have’s “they are the attribute which are non-negotiable and must be included for the successful functioning of an application
  2. Should have: they are high priority attribute should be included if possible.
  3. Could have: they need not be so critical but a nice-to-have features in the website
  4. Won’t have: they are low priority attributes. Even if they are not available there won’t be any problem. We can consider this in future

So I understood that’s how they prioritize the customer requirement and found I can implement in my work too

By the way I see this can be implemented in day to day life too. Go check out how.(Hint: replace website by Human being) Share your views, folks.

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Author: theonlysup

Self Motivated. Optimistic , Resilient . Sometimes emotional, most of the Time Happy :)

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