Prioritization isn’t as easy as you think.
When most tasks are considered “high priority”, how do you choose? And when you do, how do you ensure the decision is unanimous, or that a HiPPO won’t come along (yes, HiPPO i.e. the ‘highest paid person’s opinion’) to turn things upside down, because we all know that can happen! And when it does happen, how do you expect your team to feel like they matter in the bigger scheme of things?
An inclusive space is a space where individuals are able to endorse their knowledge and talents in the most efficient way and to the greatest benefit for the organization; right? Inclusion is not a way to fit people into existing structures (which aren’t designed to include them in the first place), but rather create new structures that take them into consideration.
The idea behind inclusive leadership is to help teams feel like they belong; it’s giving them confidence, security and motivation.
As you may already know, Foxly is all about inclusive prioritization; and it just got better at it!
So let us introduce you to our latest feature: Priority Planning Poker, which allows you to include everyone in the prioritization process and ensure grooming meetings don’t drag until the end of time.
Priority Planning Poker is a technique that allows everyone on the team to equally contribute to the prioritization process; it basically removes bias. The fundamentals are simple:
Priority Planning Poker is used as a solution to a few prioritization issues that tend to come up along the way:
What Priority Planning Poker offers is to:
The way it works is quite simple actually.
1. During the prioritization session, the moderator (session admin) is responsible for leading the game.
2. For every item that gets introduced, the team anonymously votes on metric values. Votes are then revealed and an average is calculated.
3. This is inclusive prioritization, which means that the team could accept the final result, or when there are outliers, a discussion happens to clarify why certain people voted the way they did, and voting can be retaken. This process will happen for all additional metrics that contribute to the score.
4. Prioritization meetings are 1-2 hours long maximum, otherwise attention drops and people get fed up so they start voting haphazardly. We don’t want that!
Strategic decision making should simply be a group activity; there’s a reason why voting matters in this world, and no organization is immune to that. Also, playing makes everyone happy (yes, everyone!) regardless of what they’re doing, so why not turn your prioritization session into a game?