Value/Effort Matrix

by Feb 3, 2023

After trying out different methods of prioritizing, I really like the Value/Effort Matrix.

With minimum effort, it will give you the priority of your features (Backlog Items, etc)

The input are two parameters:

Value (or Impact): What is the value for the Customer and/or the Company.

Effort: How much resources are needed to finish the feature.

For both parameters, I try to keep the options low: Low (2), Medium (4) or High (8).

By using the following calculation, we know the order of features:
Priority = Value / Effort

This will result into the following categories:

Big Projects (high value/high effort) – valuable features that are complex and resource-intensive. These often-long-term projects must be backed by detailed plans.

Quick Wins (high value/low effort – focus on these first, the “low-hanging fruit”, which is a great way to win customers quickly.

Fill-ins (low value/low effort) – this describes features that can be completed during periods of low activity between other project items. The “nice to have” items.

Time sinks (low value/high effort) – features that should be left until last or abandoned altogether.

Value Effort Matrix

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