A quick, democratic way to prioritise and refine lots of ideas.
Dot voting helps your team to:
- choose which ideas to progress as a collective
- give everyone the opportunity to input into the design route
- consider everyone's opinion
- succeed and fail fast together
People with a range of different perspectives and knowledge which usually includes:
- a facilitator
- all team members
- key stakeholders
- anyone outside the team who could add a different view or who you want to engage
You can use this method when:
- you have created lots of ideas that need to be discussed and prioritised
- you need to agree as a team which ideas are best suited to progress
Things you need
- A digital or physical space to get all the ideas visible
- Digital or physical sticky dots
- Timer and someone do the timing
Tips on running the session
Make sure everyone understands:
- the ideas that are prioritised will be progressed - be confident that they are viable, provide value for users and can drive key metrics
- it's easy for bias to creep in - have reasons for your choices other than 'lots of other people chose it'
- Get everything visible that you want to vote on, it might be sketches, storyboards or ideas.
- Let everyone know how many votes they have - you might choose an unlimited amount or give a set number of votes for people.
- People shouldn’t influence one another’s votes or sell their idea.
- Let everyone cast their votes.
- Reorder ideas or sketches - most votes at the top, and the least at the bottom.
- Discuss if the team are all happy with the ideas that have been prioritised and how many of them to progress.
- Keep visual evidence of all the ideas - you might want to come back some that didn't get prioritised on this occasion.
- Next you could use Priority mapping for your chosen ideas.