MoSCoW> Prioritize and decide together
For each element that needs to be prioritised, the host will ask the group to agree on deadlines for and the urgency and importance of an element, in relation to previously presented elements.
Suggestions and variations
The first three are recognised prioritisation technique categories (P0, P1, etc. or High, Medium, Low, etc.). What makes Moscow interesting is the last category. The one where you’ll ask your group to ask themselves what they don't want. Putting their heads together to figure out the answer to this question gives them another viewpoint to help them define priorities to focus on.
If you want the activity to be more interactive, so you’re not fully in charge of the Board, you can force categorisation:
Prepare the Board’s categories: one category per element to be prioritised
In the instructions: the definition of the Moscow terms (the selection criteria for participants)
Enable colours to identify the consensus.
Ask each participant to send their prioritisation (just a card with M, S, C or W) for each element
After this exploration phase, you’ll pinpoint the average value category by category. You can put it at the top of the column and mark it with a colour.
This results in a prioritised list.