MoSCoW is a great way to prioritise your tasks, and an essential part of any agile project managers toolkit.

MoSCoW stands for:

  • Must Have
  • Should Have
  • Could Have
  • Won’t Have

Here is what you do.

  1. Plot your tasks on a graph with importance on the x axis and urgency on the y axis.
  2. Divide your graph into four quadrants.
MoSCow Diagram
MoSCow Diagram

After you have done these, look at where your tasks are located.

  • The top right quadrant contains tasks that you Must Do
  • The top left quadrant contains tasks that you Should Do
  • The bottom right quadrant contains tasks that you Could Do
  • The bottom left quadrant contains tasks that you Won’t Do
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