Module 6: Sprint Design & Facilitation
Why should you use this method?
- To be very clear with the core team about the sprint goals and objectives.
- To define the vision of the sprint.
- Prioritize elements in the sprint.
- Align the team and make a decision on the sprint format to be used.
- To ensure the sprint stays on track.
What is MoSCoW Matrix?
MoSCow Matrix or the Design Criteria Canvas is a great tool to decide on:
- Must-haves: what are the non-negotiables, things that are mandatory for the team? Without them, the sprint will be useless.
- Should-haves: What is very important, not vital, but adding significant value?
- Could-haves: these are the nice-to-haves. It would be great if it can be a part of the process, but if not, it will have a small impact if left out.
- Won’t: this is what we don’t want to happen during the project.
This straightforward structure is a crucial starting point of your sprint. Design criteria are not only simply features of your idea but should be more than that. Examples of some design criteria are: your business must contribute to a greener planer; you want your customers to feel delighted; your new business idea needs to generate a certain amount of revenue within three years.
How can you apply this method?
0. Arrange for a comfortable environment
Invite your sprint team to a positive and comfortable environment and keep all the materials ready.
1. Brainstorming design criteria
Each team member first brainstorms design criteria individually by writing them on post-its.
2. Mapping on the template
Each team member takes turns to stick their design criteria on the template and justfies why it should be in the box they put it in.
3. Organize the criteria
Now, with the team, go over each sticky note and see what the real non-negotiables are, and cluster the design criteria in the boxes.
Note: The ideal scenario to do the MoSCoW matrix would be with your team, but you can also prepare the vision individually for the practical assignment of the module.
What’s Up Next?
Regularly revisit your design criteria, both as a touchstone for ideas and directions, and to see if they need to be updated based on the insights gathered throughout the sprint.
Pen, Markers, Paper/Table, template/Post-Its, Team