David O'Callaghan
David O'CallaghanProduct Designer, Buffer

How do you prioritise what you work on?

I'm finding it tough to prioritise what to build next with my side project, there are so many inputs. Feature requests, bug fixes, enhancements, better on-boarding etc - it's really hard to cut through the noise and know what will have the most impact. Does anyone else feel this? I've love any advice or product recommendations to help with this.
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@ocallaghandavid As entrepreneurs it is important to make every hour count. I try to be very deliberate about any new feature work. Think: What will provide most value to most users in the shortest amount of time? How can we measure that? This can be very hard to gauge and track sometimes which is why I like to resort to lean canvas boards to collect my thoughts. Talk to users and find their primary pain points. Once research is done and you have some measurable goals you can plan out your next few months/quarters. Define milestones that support your goals. After that you can categorize and prioritize your bugs/stories/tasks within those milestones. You want to build a framework of goals and milestones that will help you prioritize correctly and stay focused. Only work on bugs and features that will "move the needle". We built Leantime to support this exact process. Spending time on the "right" things is hard; being deliberate and thoughtful about it is the first step.
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