Supplies needed: Post-its, Sharpie, Whiteboard
Estimated time: 30 min
Best to use when
Needs, Wants, Desires is a Card Sorting
exercise to help figure out priorities.
It's best to use when there are a lot of feature ideas
being thrown around when there isn't a good sense of which is the most
- List out feature ideas on Post-its.
- Divide up the whiteboard into 3 sections: Needs, Wants, and Desires
- For the first feature,
add it to Needs if it is critical to the job to be done,
Wants if it is supplemental to the main job to be done,
Desires if it outside of the main job to be done.
It is best to reflect on the Problem Statement
while doing this.
- Repeat for each of the remaining ideas.
- Once all of the features are sorted,
look at each section and the features in them
and verify that each feature in is the appropriate section.