How to Calculate Weighted Shortest Job First (or WSJF)

Calculate Weighted Shortest Job First Transcript

People often prioritize using their gut feel or by ‘the executive said so’ or by the squeakiest wheel wins or (my favorite) — everything is high priority. What’s wrong with this? When we get priorities wrong, opportunity costs can be large because we are spending time on things that don’t yield value.

  1. To that, we add Time Criticality: How fast do we need to get this feature out before we start losing customers?
  2. Finally, we add Risk Reduction and/or Opportunity Enablement: Will this feature reduce our risk or help us get new business?
  • Time Criticality = 8
  • Risk Reduction or Opportunity Enablement = 8



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