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Play of the month: How to make a more flexible work schedule a reality

Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Sep 27, 2021

Flexible work has been a hot topic for a while now, and it’s not going to cool down anytime soon. Detractors may say it can’t be done, but the truth is, with the right planning and prioritization, you can deliver all your work on a schedule that you’re happy about.

Our team prioritization Play will help get your team focused on the right things (in the right order!) and empower everyone to say no to low priority requests. By the end, you’ll have agreed on the mission-critical stuff that should be tackled first, and have a plan for working outward from there. Now go ahead and take that Friday off.

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How are you when it comes to prioritization? Are you a ruthless prioritizer? Or do you often feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to work on next?


Thanks @Kristen Roth 

When discussing priority and sequencing, I find it helps to practice methods which are:

  • simple
  • low cost
  • repeatable
  • team-owned
  • explainable to stakeholders

For an example from Kanban, try classes of service with work in progress limits.

Kind regards,

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Nice point, thanks!

meghna_singh Community Leader Oct 05, 2021

Always struggling with prioritisation
Thanks for sharing!✨

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Oct 06, 2021

You and me both, @meghna_singh! Thanks for reading!

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I am wondering if the play would also work at a higher level; I mean not to prioritise project tasks, but prioritise projects against one another.

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Yes, and...perhaps matching the tool for the correct domain/scale/scope.  What process-effort, accuracy, and precision levels are needed for an ordering request?

For example:

  • goal level: comps (comparable goals based on history)
  • problem level: impact to customers represented by personas versus relative cost
  • initiative/epic level: some form of WSJF (as it was originally defined by Reinertsen and not how SAFe altered it  :^)
  • team level: classes of service
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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Oct 14, 2021

@Walter Buggenhout _ACA IT_ we happen to have another prioritization Play for exactly that!

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@Kristen Roth , thanks for sharing! 

The play looks simple and interesting. I will remember it!

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Oct 14, 2021

Let us know if you give it a go, @Alexander Bondarev !

Tina Behers Community Leader Oct 19, 2021

Great write up!  Well done!

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Probably interesting to also consider the Cost of Delay (cf.Allthethings Prioritization Matrix ) and the Eisenhower decision matrix :-)

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hakeem_olasupo Community Leader Nov 19, 2021

I always struggle with prioritizing things.

Pramodh M Community Leader Dec 15, 2021

Hi @Kristen Roth 

Great Content on how to factors that come into play when we to improve as a team.

Thanks for sharing the content.

I have just enrolled in Atlassian Team Playbook facilitation and getting to know about the Team Playbook.

Hope to see more discussions in the future on Team playbook from my side as well.


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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Dec 15, 2021

Thanks for reading, @Pramodh M !

Gaurav Community Leader Dec 23, 2021

@Kristen Roth this definitely would help in the upcoming prioritization discussions :)


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