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A popular, quick method for determining priorities by voting.
- Ideas are itemised clearly on a flip chart (or similar aid).
- Nameless voting tends to work best.
- Give each group a different coloured set of dots, i.e. group A have red dots.
- Give each indicidual or group a number of dots (say 10 each)
- Allow the group time to deliberate over the ideas they wish to vote for.
- Once all the groups are ready, one person from the group sticks their dots by their preferred top ideas.
- In some variations, there is no maximum number of votes an individual / group cn give to one idea.
- Once all the dots are placed, all the groups enter into a discussion on any patterns, and general observations.
- A short-list of the top 5 is made
This is not a deeply analytic method, but a short, sharp measure of the current thinking of the task in hand