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MosCoW – A Scope Organiser For Scope Contingency

Project baselines often make explicit provision for financial contingeny and schedule contingency but few people seem to know ho wto define & manage scope contingency.
First we should note that contingency is for Known UnKnows (risks) and risk can be positive and negative so contingencies should include capitalsising on the good as well as compensating for the bad.
MoSCoW is a handy reminder for how to prioritise requirements that has become famous since being included in the DSDM-Atern manual.
The way I use moscow (which Im sure I knew before dsdmAtern) is
M “Must” – is in the baseline come hell or high water – the deal makers & breakers
S “Should” – covers requirements and quality specification that is in the baseline by default. They are candidates to get the bullet when things get tough and flexibility is required
C “Could” – is for requirements or quality targets that are initially defined as outside the baseline but will get added when capability and capacity is available – Often opportunity arises because one team is waiting for another to complete their work so two teams may be simeltaneously dropping Ss and adding Cs. Beware of the down-stream affect of expanding scope in one phase. Eg more build == more test effort and more deploy effort.
and finally – for the avoidance of doubt and the explicit boundary
W “Won’t” – the stuff that is out of scope whatever happens
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