Focus on what’s important with a RICE prioritization template

Organize and rank your project goals with an interactive matrix determining maximum impact—with minimum effort from your team.

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RICE prioritization template  

Gather your team and score Reach, Impact, Confidence, and Effort with a simple calculation that confirms your top priority.

Illuminate key players in your pond

Like the lush ecosystem of a rice paddy, your project teems with potential. Help bring priorities to the surface, together.

Clear up muddy paths: Evaluate and prioritize new tasks to establish a transparent product strategy.

Make waves: Uncover how seemingly small choices can have a massive positive impact on business growth—when executed thoughtfully.

Navigate murky water: Predict your project’s impact and ensure your team is headed in the right direction with RICE prioritization.

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Achieve symbiosis

Create a collectively beneficial task list for every member of your team when you align your priorities. Set and stick to your FigJenda, vote in agreement with others using a quick Plus One, and outline an easily understandable Table that clearly depicts what matters most, so you can plan how you’ll make it there.

Set and stick to your order of operations  

Priority checks are the first step in aligning your team and identifying important tasks. Walk forward together to check off every item on your newly minted to-do list.


A RICE prioritization example weighs Reach, Impact, Confidence, and Effort to clarify your top priority, using rankings from team members in each category. By multiplying the scores for Reach, Impact, and Confidence, then dividing by Effort, you’ll end up with a unique number output for each idea or potential task, which you can then compare and contrast. The task with the highest score has the biggest impact, making it an obvious top choice thanks to the RICE framework for prioritization.

With your free RICE prioritization framework template in front of you, fill in each of the four main columns according to this method:

1. Determine Reach by predicting how many individual consumers will be impacted by this project.

2. Use a scale of 1 to 5 to grade this project’s potential Impact—the relative number of conversions, based on your predicted Reach.

3. Assign a percentage out of 100 that illustrates your Confidence in this project’s success.

4. Identify how much Effort, or human resource spend, goes into each project.

After multiplying Reach, Confidence, and Impact, and dividing their total by Effort, you’ll be left with a number you can compare to the other projects. The RICE method for prioritization states that the biggest number wins.

The RICE prioritization method is one of the three most popular tools for ranking project priorities. Two other common prioritization techniques include:

- The MoSCoW method, which outlines what you Must, Should, Could, and Won’t Have for the project at hand

- The Kano model, which uses a graph to plot consumer satisfaction levels and thereby determine the importance and priority level of feature requests, initiatives, or products

Ultimately all three methods help determine essentials, but the RICE method prioritization uses cold hard math to offer a clear plan of action for your team.

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