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The Prioritization Matrix Page

On this page, you get a 2×2 matrix grid presentation of the issues. This matrix presentation helps you to easily visualize and pick out top priority issues from your backlog. 

The ‘value‘ criteria are plotted against the ‘effort‘ criteria.

Value and effort are properties of criteria known as ‘Impact’. You can assign a criterion an ‘impact’ when you create the criterion in Criteria settings.

The grid is made up of four quadrants, and each quadrant may have issues depending on how the issues are distributed throughout the matrix grid.

  1. Issues in the first quadrant are high value–high effort issues. These are issues that will give, for example, give you a high ROI, but needs a lot of effort, for example, a lot of resources and time, to implement. 
  2. Issues in the second quadrant are high value–low effort issues. These are issues that will give you a high ROI after inputting minimum resources and time – top priority issues.
  3. Issues in the third quadrant are low value–low effort issues. They have a low ROI even though they require a minimum amount of resources and time input.
  4. Issues in the fourth quadrant are low value–high effort issues. These issues will give you a low ROI, and they require a lot of resources and time.

You can edit the default names of the quadrants.

A quadrant can be expanded for a more detailed view of the issues under it. 

The criteria you create for your prioritization framework are used to evaluate the issues on the matrix grid for prioritization. You can see these criteria listed above the matrix.

Depending on your goal for a particular sprint, you have the ability to choose which criteria from your prioritization framework you want to be considered in the calculation of the total scores. Switch off a criterion for it not to be considered in the calculation, or switch it on for it to be considered in the calculation.

By switching them on or off, you can use the criteria as filters as well.

But your prioritization framework should have at least one value criterion and one effort criterion for a fair distribution of your issues across the matrix grid and accurate prioritization results.

A different formula is used to calculate the total score of each issue on the matrix. This means that the board formula you choose is only used to calculate the total score found on the Top priorities page. Criterion weights are also not considered when calculating the total scores.

Updated on July 4, 2022

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