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Updated: September 17, 2021 — With 136 methods listed, this is the most complete list of prioritization frameworks on the internet with tons of linked resources. This is meant to be a scannable, inspirational resource for product managers, product owners, or anyone managing a roadmap or backlog.

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  1. Grids/Matrices (32)
  2. Scoring (54)
  3. No-score Sorting (7)
  4. Qualitative classification (13)
  5. Maps and canvases (7)
  6. Activities/Games (13)
  7. Processes/Workflows (10)
  8. Other prioritization questions
  9. Complete list of prioritization techniques (136 bullet points)

Lean prioritization grids, Matrices, Quadrants, Window Diagrams


I asked a question on Twitter recently after wrapping up a workday as a product manager. I felt honored to have so many talented pros sharing their thoughts. Folks responded with some fantastic nuggets that I wanted to share with you.

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How do you cope with constantly feeling like you didn’t get enough done in the day?

I noticed a few themes. The most prominent point being Prioritization. Next, allowing ourselves to see the progress made during the day. Delegate when possible. Then finally, coincidentally or not — some jumped straight to drinking — which is what I was doing at the time of my question to the product management community.

Prioritizing Is the Best We Can Do

Several people pointed out, at the end of the day, we just need to be confident that we did the best we could with the time we have. …


It's Ok to be a little selfish sometimes. I just got my first product manager job. LinkedIn has helped and it's been a big piece of how I learn about product management. So there I was, drowning in a sea of ads and sensational nonsense. How do I get any use out of this feed?

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Purge connections

This is the first step I took when I got serious about self-studying in product management and working on my personal brand. Back when I was first activating my LinkedIn account, I quickly requested connections with anyone and everyone. Years later, these “connections” mean nothing to me. My connection to them is fake, really — not backed by any actual relationship of any kind. Furthermore, since posts of connections automatically make it into my feed, my feed becomes a mess. I don’t know them, haven’t worked with them, and their posts are completely irrelevant.

What I did:

I went through every single connection…


Trino (formerly Presto) is missing a commonly used function available in Excel, Hive, Oracle, PLSQL, Db2, python,… here is a fairly easy and efficient way to DIY your way around it.

How to capitalize the first letter of each word in presto. This is an image of an old typewriter.
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I desperately needed this but I couldn’t find anything shared out there specific to Trino (Presto is now Trino). I found this to be a fairly straightforward workaround that can work for any string with any number of words. Let’s take a lower case name as an example…

Example table

WITH 
name_table AS
(select ‘jordan lamborn’ as name)

name_table

+ — — — — — — — — +
| name |
+ — — — — — — — — +
| jordan lamborn |
+ — — — — — — — — +

Solved: How to capitalize the first letter of each word in Trino

Original varchar value

‘jordan lamborn’

Code snippet

SELECT(array_join((transform((split(name_table.name,’ ‘)), x ->…


Ask these 3 questions and document the answers next to your hypothesis. Ask them early and answer them honestly to potentially save a lot of pain and time.

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The big question

“What will we do if it wins?”

This is the most important question to ask before running any experiment. it could point you towards a whole different testing sequence. It could shine a light on your primary metric and point out that it is the wrong one. It could point out a weakness in your hypothesis.

If the experiment is a winner and you prove your hypothesis correct, what next? Will you test again with another primary metric? Will…


A hypothesis is not just busywork. Use this four-part framework if you really want to learn from experiments.

A scientist in a laboratory wearing a white lab coat studies a specimen.
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Bad hypotheses are everywhere.

I’ve seen some really bad “hypotheses.” Sometimes they might be written as a simple if-then statement: “If we make the button blue, then the click-through rate will increase.” Sound familiar?

Then there are times when someone thinks a competitor observation is a hypothesis: “Blue Button Group, Inc. is making their buttons blue.”

A common version is the one that seems just wordy enough to be dangerous because it’s not bad enough to raise alarms: “By making the button blue instead of grey, people will see it more and click it, increasing click-through rate.”

This is where I am hoping some…


Find a new idea — guaranteed. Most importantly, get inspiration for your next product planning session. Here’s a dump of group exercises to help spark discussions and align teams, partners, and stakeholders when there’s no shortage of ideas.

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I have reviewed more than 100 techniques for prioritization. I wanted to share some that stood out for group collaboration potential.

Voting ideas

Dot Voting / Cumulative Voting (CV)

Teams can do this cumulative voting technique with dots or without. Dots represent a vote, and voting can be done however the facilitator prefers.

How it works: With a collection of items (for example, sticky notes on a wall), each person puts a dot (with a sticker or marker) on their favorite ideas. Voting can be done on individual items or themes/collections of items. …


A modification to the infrequently discussed and underused “Minimum Viable Process”.

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After working in marketing for a few years, I noticed a mental model had formed in my mind that has become so ingrained in my worldview that I would see it almost everywhere.

The concept, for me at least, goes something like this:

  • First, when tempted to optimize a process — resist. Take a step back and consider waiting to observe and understand the potential problem more.
  • Second, if a change is determined to be necessary when improving a process or adding a new process, managers should attempt a change with minimal intervention first.

This is beneficial in two ways:


Not your average prioritization article — I’ve researched and sifted through a ton of prioritization techniques. Here are my key takeaways.

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Summary

  • There are more ways to prioritize than you thought
  • Prioritization frameworks are not dead
  • One framework may not be enough
  • Important prioritization criteria are often missing
  • Grids and scores are not being leveraged to their full potential

There are more ways to prioritize than you thought

Here is the prioritization frameworks list of over 100 different techniques to aid prioritization of features, projects, or requirements. The intended purpose is to serve as inspiration. I recommend thoroughly thinking about the needs of your users, team, and product before selecting any method. …


Are you helping your team focus? Many in leadership or management roles think that focus is about doing things. I'm afraid that's not right. Focus is about NOT doing things. Are you helping your team say 'no'?

A comic about Focus from ThingsInSquares.com featuring a boss and an employee. The boss asks for more focus (represented as a cowbell), when the employee returns with lots of focus cowbells, the boss is satisfied.
This brilliant comic was offered as a courtesy of THINGS IN SQUARES. Check it out at ThingsInSquares.com. The comic features a boss sitting at a desk and an employee presenting a proposal. The boss asks for more focus (represented as a cowbell). When the employee returns with lots of focus cowbells, the boss is satisfied.

What’s in a leader?

I am no leadership guru, but I have been in enterprise marketing for over 7 years. I’ve managed people, reported to several managers along the way, and worked with many different teams. I’ve noticed some patterns about what works and what doesn’t.

A title does not make someone a leader, and being a leader does not require a title. Who said this? I did some quick googling to find out which influencers could be attributed. It turns out that everyone says this! Why do we so often call people 'leader' just because they are in charge or get paid the…

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