If we were to conduct an IT assessment and 20 IT managers all came up with exactly the same findings, , , i.e., the business needs and issues and the capability and capacity of our IT organization, , , and then we ask them to prioritize the work, , , guess what!
There would be 20 different sets of priorities.
Prioritizing work is a bit more art than science.
That’s actually perfectly OK, , , every one of the 20 managers could have an appropriate strategy for the company. We just all see things a bit differently. The key is to develop a strategy, present it to management and gain their approval, , , do this and you are in sync with the business.
A prioritizing approach
I use a simple approach to prioritize the work I determine is needed for us to focus on. Let me repeat something before I give them to you, , , every situation is different so this list is a general guideline I use. There are always exceptions and variables you must consider, , , your final set of priorities will be somewhat subjective, not totally objective.
I use the following as a general guideline to follow when I prioritize projects.