WSJF is a useful prioritization technique, but it may feel a bit overwhelming at first. To get familiar with it in a fun setting, you can do the following exercise. This works well either alone or together with your team.
Imagine being on vacation on a Caribbean island. Together with your family, friends, or significant other, you are guests of a premium resort. There are only two days left in your vacation, and then you will return home. You want to make sure to spend these last two days wisely, enjoy your time there, and create memories that you can take back home.
After reading the list of possible activities given to you by the resort, you realize you may only have time to do two of these activities… which ones to choose? You need to prioritize the list and choose the activities that not only are most enjoyable but also create the greatest memories. Some activities have a time criticality: they are in high demand, and if you don’t reserve your spot now, you won’t be able to do them.
Work your way through the table, estimating all activities one column at a time. Once you have filled all columns, calculate WSJF. The highest number indicates the activity you should select to maximize the time remaining on the island. Now, relax and enjoy your vacation!
You can download the exercise worksheet from:
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Thanks to the Hard Yards for creating the original version of this exercise.