Dot voting is a very straight-forward activity:
- You get a bunch of relevant people together in a room
- You give them a[n un]limited number of votes
- You ask them to vote on a list of elements they consider most important, using those votes (either with candy or sticky dots)
- At the end of the activity, you count those elements from the list that sum up the most votes.
- You untie those elements by executive decision or an appointed decision maker.
However, these activities put the voter in the centre of the activity rather than the user (unless of course, you have users performing the activity). And voice an opinion of a stakeholder only.
A colleague said over an email that some designers feel that the point of dot voting is to hear those opinions.
QUESTION: Is there a spin off you could think of or done that while performing these dot-voting sessions cater for more than opinions and enable empathy? i.e. Getting stakeholders to vote on behalf of specific personas.
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Knapp, Jake, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz. "Vote on How Might We Notes." Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016. N. pag. Print.