Is there a term/expression to describe a strategy or tactic of solving biggest problem first with an expected knock-on (domino-like) effect for smaller associated problems?

Similar to Pareto (80-20) principle, but looking for something more specific and descriptive/adjectival.

  • I suggest you call it "the Domino Effect". Maybe this will catch on and you will become famous for it! Nov 16 '20 at 12:32

In some contexts, the phrase First things first would be appropriate. It implies that there are other things to follow after the most important.

used to tell someone that more important things should be done before less important things

Cambridge dictionary

  • Excellent answer (and blindingly obvious). Some sadly go unnoticed ... for a time. Jul 14 '21 at 15:28
  • A cheering comment. I thank you. I have rather lost interest recently because so many questions seem to be closed, giving a feeling of a closed shop. Your comment reminds me to return, perhaps when the days are shorter.
    – Anton
    Jul 14 '21 at 22:21
  • Yes, a lot of questions have already been covered (at least in essence) here, and we get a lot that ELU wasn't set up for. ELU is perversely not, in the first instance, a Q & A site. Jul 15 '21 at 13:03

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