Workshop Exercises: Decision

Return on Time Invested

Assess meeting impact and gather feedback

Illustration of Return on Time Invested
Run a Return on Time Invested play

Also called: ROTI

Timing: Monitoring and Control

Run time
3 minutes

Group size

Why: Identify areas for improvement, enhance meeting efficiency, and maximize the value of future sessions

When: Use at the end of a meeting or workshop to gauge participants' perception of its productivity and usefulness

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Instructions for running this play

  1. At the end of the meeting or workshop (the last thing you do), ask the group to rate their return on time invested from 0 to 5.
  2. On a given signal, everyone raises their fist with one to five fingers extended indicating their vote.
  3. Ask participants who gave the lowest and the highest score to explain why. Other people are allowed to contribute if they want.
  4. Depending on the discussion, you can make a concrete proposal to be implemented immediately or capture important comments for later.
1 FingerUseless, I gained nothing and lost my time. No value at all.”
2 FingersUseful, but it wasn’t worth 100% time spent on it, so I lost time.”
3 FingersAverage, I gained enough value to justify the time spent on it. I have not lost my time.”
4 FingersGood value, clearly above average. I gained more than the time I spent.”
5 FingersExcellent value, a really useful meeting that was worth more than the time spent on it.”

Tips to perfect this play

Master and adapt the play to fit your context and needs.

Tip: n+1

Consider asking “What would make it a N+1 for you”?

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