MoSCoW Prioritization

The Moscow method is a prioritization technique used in management, business analysis, and software development to reach a common understanding with stakeholders on the importance they place on the delivery of each requirement.

MoSCoW categories:

The vital things for the product. If even one requirement is not included in the product delivery, it should be considered a failure.

Requirements are critical but not necessary for delivery in the current time box. Product works without should feature, but those still have crucial business value.

Requirements are not critical and often considered as nice to have. It is possible to reevaluate those requirements after some time.

Requirements have the lowest priority. This is because we are not deleting them from the backlog but usually sort them on the bottom.

Create and configure the custom field

To create and configure the MoSCoW prioritization custom field, you must be logged in as a user with Jira Administrator permissions.


  1. Go to AppsManage your appsCustom Field Suite

  2. Click on Create custom field button on the right side of the screen.

  3. Select MoSCoW Prioritization and click Next.

  4. Name and add a description to your field then click Next.

  5. Select between two available View options and click Next.

  6. Associate the field to the appropriate screens and click Create. You must associate a field to a screen before it will be displayed.

That’s it! You can now navigate to your issue and enhance it with MoSCoW Prioritization.


MoSCoW Prioritization JQL queries

CFS - MoSCoW prioritization can be used in JQL. It allows you to search for issues that include custom field values. To find issues that include multilevel select picker values enter the "CustomField_Name". Below are a few useful examples.

"CFS - MoSCoW Prioritization" = must

Search for all issues that contain must priority.

"CFS - MoSCoW Prioritization" != must

Search for all issues that don´t contain must priority.

"CFS - MoSCoW Prioritization" is EMPTY

Search for all issues where the custom field is empty.

"CFS - MoSCoW Prioritization" is not EMPTY

Search for all issues where the custom field is not empty.

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