RICE Prioritization Alternatives for Projects and Features: 8 Scoring Frameworks to Replace RICE

I’ve reviewed more than 100 prioritization frameworks, and I wanted to share what I’ve learned about the landscape outside of RICE. RICE is probably the most commonly referenced scoring method for stack ranking projects, ideas, or product features.

Jordan Lamborn
8 min readFeb 20, 2021


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Where did this come from?

RICE scoring is a commonly referenced prioritization framework in product management and elsewhere. It shows up in most articles about prioritization techniques. In fact, after noticing so many of these articles, I decided to go on a little prioritization journey, where I lined up all prioritization frameworks mentioned on the internet. After that exercise, I realized there are many methods out there that are rarely discussed. Many of them may serve similar purposes to the popular ones like RICE. These alternatives are probably even more complete while also maintaining simplicity.

First off, let’s briefly review RICE.

What is the RICE prioritization?

There are multiple framework formats such as mappings, grids, canvases, collaborative games, etc. RICE, however, is one of the many scoring frameworks.

The RICE acronym stands for Reach, Impact, Confidence, Effort. The formula is (Reach x Impact x Confidence)/Effort.

So what do all of these mean?

R-Reach refers to how many people will be exposed to your project or feature. This is the actual number of people within any time preferred time period (monthly, daily, annually, etc.)

I-Impact is the business impact or value determined on a 5-point scale where 3 is the highest and 0.25 is the lowest (3, 2, 1, 0.5, 0.25).

C-Confidence is on yet another scale — a percentage scale — generally with 3 options, which are 100%, 80%, and 50%. I think it is safe to use…



Jordan Lamborn

Product Manager @ Slice. Curious. Learning, read/write on product management. ex-Expedia. Product School. PSPO I. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanlamborn/