I’m delighted to announce the launch of Better Backlog Prioritisation – a compilation of methods used to prioritise a backlog.

This was developed in a conversation between Troy Magennis, Joshua Arnold, Chris Matts, Tony Grout, Don Reinertsen and myself (as the token SAFe guy) that started on Twitter earlier this year and migrated to a lengthy email discussion as ideas needed more nuance than 140 characters can support.

My thanks in particular go to Troy for actually doing the writeup, and being very patient with sometimes nitpicking level critique. I’d also like to acknowledge Eric Willeke, whose quick filtering prioritisation matrix we cite.

Joshua also published a couple of early outputs:

  1. Comparing Cost of Delay Approaches
  2. SAFe & Cost of Delay: a suggested improvement – this is I think my preferred approach, and one I hope Scaled Agile adopt.


You can download a copy from:

This is a public draft. Comments, ideas and suggestions are all very welcome in the comments below, or to any of the co-authors.

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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