Confidence voting is a simple way for everyone to vote on a topic or theme. It’s easy to implement, fast to gauge feedback and can be used any time.
Pros / Cons
- Gain a visible, fast understanding of buy-in from a group
- Can be easily measured and tracked against decisions made
- Involves everyone in the group in a decision
You’ll need 6 indicators showing the numbers 1-5 and a blocked symbol for each participant such as Agility Cards.
1. State the topic or idea
Example: Have bacon sandwiches every Friday morning
2. Individuals choose a symbol which reflects their thinking:
3. Individuals hold up their indicator (but don’t reveal) when they’re ready to vote
4. Once everyone is ready the cards are revealed for everyone to see
Average: 2.25 (Blocked)
- If no-one has blocked the vote, and we are happy to proceed with the idea, we can score the buy-in from the team – I suggest taking a photo of the indicators and taking an average at a later date.
- If the goal is consensus, reservations associated with low scores should be explored as a team and a revote might be cast. If reservations are strong, they should probably be explored outside of a team setting.
Darryl: I blocked the vote. I don’t eat meat.
Steven: Oh me too, that’s why I wasn’t keen.
Jessica: OK what would you rather have instead of bacon?
Steve: That’s a tough one, I’d be keen on a cheese toastie.
Darryl: Yes that sounds great, shall we revote?
6. Vote is recast as necessary
We love this technique for achieving fast concensus, but what do you think? We'd love to hear feedback or how you've used this with your team!