MoSCoW

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MoSCoW is an acronym for “Must have, Should have, Could have and Would have,” which is used to help prioritize the importance of tasks and requirements, so that time and resources are used to maximize value.

Two letter o’s have been added  within MSCW to make it easier to remember.

Definitions (in order of priority):

  1. Must have – Critical and non-negotiable tasks that must be completed. Failure to complete it will cause the initiative to fail.
  2. Should have – Important and high priority tasks, but are not critical or essential to the initiative’s success.
  3. Could have – Desirable or nice to have tasks, but aren’t necessary for the initiative to be successful.
  4. Would have – Tasks that are not currently a priority.

Example: Doctoral students must determine what they should work on in order to complete their degree.

  • Must
    • Author and present at least one scholarly paper at a national or international peer-reviewed conference.
    • Publish at least one scholarly article based on dissertation with advisers in a scholarly refereed journal
  • Should
    • Serve as a reviewer for at least one peer-reviewed journal
    • Serve as a reviewer for at least one national or international peer-reviewed conference
  • Could
    • Teach at least one graduate-level course
    • Serve as a board member of at least one professional organization
  • Would
    • Write and secure at least one grant proposal
    • Serve as an editorial board member of at least one scholarly journal

To learn more, visit Quality Progress Magazine (Dec 2017) edition article by Kishore Erukulapati

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