The 3 layers of prioritization are the same regardless of what the Scrum Team is developing. However, overall prioritization strategies differ based on the main goals of the Team. There are 3 goal-driven Team prioritization strategies:

1. Continuous Improvement

A Continuous Improvement strategy is primarily for Teams doing Maintenance or providing features on an opportunistic basis; there is little (or no) long-term strategy to be considered when prioritizing.

3 Goal-Driven Team Prioritization Strategies That Drive Results - Continuous Improvement

2. Defined Feature Delivery

This strategy is used when the Team has a fixed set of Features to deliver, often on a given date. The Goal of this strategy is to get all the Features across the finish line to be minimally releasable at the time of Release. This focus is constant and paramount in all prioriti­zation efforts.

3 Goal-Driven Team Prioritization Strategies That Drive Results - Defined Feature Delivery

3. Fuzzy Feature Delivery

This is the “I don’t know what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it,” type of delivery. When done well, it usually turns into a series of (internal) Defined Feature Delivery Releases, as the necessary Features make themselves known. When done poorly, it could turn into a Continuous Improvement Delivery, with every­body hoping that there will be a successful endpoint.

3 Goal-Driven Team Prioritization Strategies That Drive Results - Fuzzy Feature Delivery

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