Mastering the MoSCoW prioritization technique

An essential part of an agile way of working is the ability to prioritise. Prioritization enables a team to protect quality and to hit a deadline.

However, there is more than one way to prioritize and one of the most powerful techniques is only used by a small percentage of the agile community. The approach in question is the MoSCoW prioritization technique.

Here at agileKRC, we have been helping organizations achieve greater agility and helping their agile transformation for many years now. We teach our clients how to use MoSCoW to help them get more from their project management and product delivery.

The MoSCoW technique is a very powerful agile prioritization tool that helps you deliver what really matters first, but at the same time protecting quality. If you want to understand how it really works and how to identify the ‘eureka’ moment when everyone gets it, then view this video.

For people seeking agile certification, MoSCoW prioritisation is included in both an Agile Project Management course and a PRINCE2 Agile course.


In this video, Keith Richards, the Founder of agileKRC and Lead Author and Chief Examiner for Agile Project Management (AgilePM) and DSDM Atern, and Lead Author of PRINCE2 Agile explains why you need to prioritize on agile projects and how to use the MoSCoW prioritization technique effectively on your projects.

This video is a recording of a webinar which Keith looks at prioritization techniques in general, but the MoSCoW method in particular, and covers:

  • The basics about prioritization
  • MoSCoW and the 80:20 rule
  • Prioritization at different levels
  • Practical tips
  • The 60:20:20 ‘rule of thumb’
  • Advanced prioritization


To see a PDF version of the presentation used in this video, click the download button below.