Effort and impact, and prioritization

Effort and impact, and prioritization

Adding impact and/or effort on work items is a great way to communicate and share rough estimations and sort work so that the low-hanging fruits (high impact, low effort) get prioritized over things that have less impact and/or require more effort.

A medium impact medium effort work item.
A medium impact medium effort work item.

From the “...” menu on a work item, select Set effort or Set impact, or press e (for effort) or i (for impact). You can choose from Small, Medium, Large, or None in the selector.

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Prioritizing based on effort and impact

Kitemaker can automatically sort the work items based on impact and effort. From the menu at the top of the status column, select Sort by impact & effort. Kitemaker will use a scoring formula to ensure that low-hanging fruits are on the top and lower impact higher effort items are further down.

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The scoring used in prioritization is defined as . Where Impact is 0.5 for small, 1.0 for medium, 2 for large, and 0.25 if it’s missing. Effort is 1 for small, 2 for medium, 3 for large, and 4 if it’s missing.