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# Moscow vs Rice: Prioritization

## – Moscow method:

The Moscow method is a prioritizing system first proposed by the Soviet Union that lists and ranks decisions to be made by an individual or team. The basic premise is that all decisions should be evaluated based on two criteria: importance and urgency. The list of decisions is thus presented as a matrix where the rows represent the importance, and the columns represent the urgency. Each matrix entry is a bubble indicating the overall “score” for a decision when considering only importance and urgency .

### – Moscow method : Why?

The Moscow method is meant to be a prioritizing system but I think it fails and ends up being the rice method because of how it assigns scores based on importance and urgency.

### – rice score: rice prioritization

The rice score is a tool that can be used by anyone for any kind of decision, regardless of the type or complexity of the task. The rice score is built around two criteria: importance and urgency . In short, an individual will have a list of decisions to make, and can use rice scores to order those decisions by what is most important and urgent.

– rice score: rice prioritization A rice score is a single value that represents how much an individual or team should weigh importance over urgency for a specific decision (on a scale of 0–100). The rice score of a task allows you to compare two tasks with different rice scores. For example, if one task has a rice score of 75 and another has a rice score of 40, we’d say that it makes sense to do the first task before the second.

### – rice framework: why?

The rice framework is meant to provide structure on top of the basic principles of making effective decisions: knowing what your options are, understanding them correctly, having a way to compare the options, and following through on your decisions.

Ration rice score is not able to solve all decision problems. rice score can be manipulated by changing urgency or importance scores, which means that rice score alone might not work in every situation. However, the rice framework provides a method of figuring out how you can most optimally use rice scores for your specific problem.

### – rice scoring process: what?

The rice scoring process walks you through using rice scores to make an informed decision about what option has the highest total rice score across both urgency and importance dimensions (on a scale of 0–100). This is done by first listing all of the available options (tasks) ordered from least urgent (and thus most important) to most urgent (and therefore least important).

### – rice framework: how?

Rice Framework is a beautiful method for solving problems as it provides a way of thinking that helps you to break down the problem into components and variables. The rice framework, which can be applied both qualitatively and quantitatively is a good way for decision makers to make sense of rice scores.

Decision making process consists of six simple steps according to rice framework

Step 1: Identify the problem.

Step 2: Determine the concepts needed to solve this problem.

Step 3: List all possible options in order from least urgent (and thus most important) to most urgent (and therefore least important).

Step 4: Develop a rice score for each option.

Step 5: Evaluate the rice scores and determine which options to choose.

Step 6: Implement the chosen options.

The rice framework encourages decision makers to think about rice as well as rice as a complex system as well as rice as a part of global strategy and rice policy. The rice framework has been applied within Area Development Plans, National Strategies, Strategic Defense Reviews and Strategic Adaptation Plans all around the world such as the United Kingdom and Japan . When applying the rice framework it is recommended to use quantitative methods in order to ensure objectivity and fairness. As stated by Audretsch, rice scoring gives decision-makers “a clearer picture of what we need to know”.

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