When you need to quickly vote between a set number of options, simply asking people to vote one or the other sometimes isn’t enough as you only get the top result. There might be a compromise that suits everyone, and that’s what Order Voting is designed to help with.
Pros / Cons
- Works with up to 10 people, more than 10 is difficult
- Very visible, suitable as a conversation starter
- Can be easily measured
- Shows potential compromises
- Needs a lot of space (and a surface)
You’ll need an obvious indicator for each topic. We suggest 4 or less topics otherwise it gets confusing quite quickly. Agility cards work great for this.
1. State topics or ideas and write them somewhere clear
2. Individuals order the symbols to reflect their thinking and place them in a grid. Can do it face down if you would like to do it blind. Just turn them over once everyone has submitted. Now’s a great time to take a photo if required.
3. Should you choose to, you can measure your results
9:00 / Blue: 4 + 4 + 3 + 4 = 15
9:30 / Amber: 2 + 2 + 4 + 3 = 11
9:15 / Red: 3 + 3 + 1 + 1 = 8
9:45 / Green: 1 + 1 + 2 + 2 = 6
4. If the outcome isn’t clear, a discussion is had about the results.
Jim: It seems that 9:00 is the consensus
Steve: Yes, even though I chose 9:30 I can see that you and Jessica weren’t keen
Jessica: Yes I often have meetings at 9:30 so I’d rather do them earlier
Darryl: Great let’s do that then
5. Vote is recast as necessary
We'd love to hear how you've used this technique in your teams. Why not leave us a comment below?