Order Voting

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)

Materials

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.

The Method

1. State topics or ideas and write them somewhere clear

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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.

Example:

 
 

3. Should you choose to, you can measure your results

Example:

 
 

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.

Example:

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?