The MoSCoW method is a prioritization technique to reach a common understanding with stakeholders on the importance of requirements.
After the needs have been clarified in Product Discovery and priorities have been derived, product requirements need to be provided to the team:
MoSCoW is used when finally listing all requirements on a product or feature when handing over to Product Delivery. The acronym stands for
Even though a bit boring to read for the human reader, with MoSCoW, very precise, unambiguous requirements can be listed, such as in:
However, a downside is that these MoSCoW-based requirements are very much isolated from each other and don’t really explain how a user is supposed to interact with the product and what the flow of interactions is. This is where User Story Maps come in handy.
The MoSCoW method is a prioritization technique used in management, business analysis, project management, and software development to reach a common understanding with stakeholders on the importance they place on the delivery of each requirement; it is also known as MoSCoW prioritization or MoSCoW analysis.