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Using business value as a criteria for requirement prioritization

As a followup to an excellent article by my colleague Marcus-Requirements-Building the foundation strong. ,In the Agile scheme of things,it becomes almost a necessity that requirements are well-defined and with enough information to prioritize and do iteration planning.One guideline that is often repeated to measure the requirement is

  • What is the business value of implementing this requirement?

Some of the examples are

  • Improves usability of the application
  • Will make the application faster
  • Adding this feature will make a workflow X easier to use.

On face value ,this makes perfect sense.I mean why do it if it’s not positively impacting a valuable feature in the application or not providing a valuable feedback,but if not used correctly this can often lead to dropping of important non-business facing requirements.Some of the examples of requirements which normally don’t pass the business value test is

  • Change the architecture
  • Technological changes that impacts the long term roadmap of application
  • Internal products such as metrics dashboard

To summarize,at any given time,it’s important to keep things in perspective and make sure that seemingly non-business value tasks are in fact important stories in life-cycle of the product.

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