Also called: One-Dot Voting
Why: Promote inclusivity, ensures equal representation of individual voices, and help identify common ground or divergence
When: Use for quick insights or a general pulse of the group's majority opinion
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- Generate ideas or list a set of alternatives and put them on individual sticky notes on the same surface.
- Consider removing duplicates and clustering ideas through Affinity Mapping.
- Note the Vote. Each team member gets one or two votes. Ask each participant to make a (private) note of which one or two ideas they think are best within a Timebox of 3-5 minutes.
- Place the note. At the same time everyone places their votes using dot stickers or marking with pens on their chosen option.
- Discussion. Let participants take turns in explaining their vote.
Tips to perfect this play
Master and adapt the play to fit your context and needs.
Tip: Vote at the same time
The vote has to be simultaneous to avoid one person influencing the others.
Tip: Voting either / or?
If you are choosing between binary options, consider using a quick show of hands or an online yes/no vote.
Tip: OK to give more time
Give the group more time if they feel they need it.
- How to use dot voting efficiently in your next workshop by Sandy Lam
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- The Design Sprint Workshop: Voting Day (Part 3) by PentaGuy Blogger
- Straw Poll exercise by Thoughtbot