Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) dashboard setup
The Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) Dashboard leverages a publicly available CA Agile Central Community App, and can be found on GitHub. This Dashboard allows program managers and product managers to quickly score features in their program backlog to help them prioritize feature work during Agile Release Train planning.
WSJF is a lean method for determining backlog prioritization (job sequencing) using the cost of delay and remaining job size. In SAFe, this algorithm is applied at PSI boundaries to continuously update program priorities based on current business context, value, development facts, risk, and effort considerations.
The formula for WSJF is (User Value+OERR (Risk Reduction|Opportunity Value)+Time Value)/Job Size. If the team's job size estimates are updated to include only time remaining, then constant application of WSJF ignores sunk costs, which is a key economic principle of lean.
Set up the dashboard
Create and configure a custom page
Enter the following details for the custom page:
- Name: WSJF Dashboard
- Sharing: Select appropriately if you want this dashboard to be available to just you or everyone in the workspace
- Filter: Select None (this setting is not applicable for this dashboard)
- Specify the page layout for the custom page
Add the Custom HTML app
The Custom HTML app is available in the app catalog.
Click the gear in the upper-right corner of the app panel. Specify settings that configure the app to provide you with a tool to calculate WSJF for features in your program backlog.
- Title: WSFJ Calculator, or something descriptive for your methodology
- Project: Select Choose Specific Project and scope to the program you are working on, then specify Child Projects for scoping of the items to display
- HTML: Paste in the HTML source code from GitHub for the WSFJ custom app
- Select the Auto-Height checkbox
You can edit the WSJF app directly using in-line editing for each of the Time Value, OERR, User Value, and Job Size fields. The WSJF score is automatically calculated by the app for these values. Note that some fields in the WSJF app are not currently displayed in standard detail pages.