Theme Scoring

Theme scoring is a prioritization technique that can be used to prioritize themes (groups of user stories) and epics (large user stories) against one another. It can also be used to prioritize projects or products against one another.

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To get started with theme scoring, identify the selection criteria on which you will base priorities. For example, you may enter things like "Generates Q2 revenue" and "Helps integrate product lines" as two selection criteria. Use the "Add Criteria" and red X links to add or remove rows of selection criteria.

Next, weight each of the selection criteria by entering values in that column. You can weight criteria such that they add to 1.00 or you can enter any relative values such as 1, 2, 5, and 3 for a set of four selection criteria.

Next, enter the themes and epics (or projects if comparing projects to one another) as columns by using the "Add Theme" button.

In theme scoring, themes are assessed from 1-5, with 1 indicating a theme does poorly on that criterion and 5 indicating that a theme does well on that criterion. To allow full use of the 1-5 scale, it is recommended that the first thing you do for each criterion is identify a theme you think is in the middle and give it a score of 3. This theme is referred to as the baseline theme for that criterion. Other themes are then compared to the reference theme and scored appropriately.

Data may be exported with the Export Data button. Copy the data that is displayed into a text file saved with a .CSV extension. It can then be imported into a spreadsheet program for further analysis.

Selection Criteria Add Criteria   Add Theme
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