Dot Voting Calculator

Make choices, not chaos! The dot voting calculator is the safer way to make group decisions. No more endless debates or drawn-out meetings. Just dots, votes, and happy outcomes.

Always struggling to decide how much dots everyone gets?

Fear not! The calculator uses a smart algorithm to determine the optimal number of dots based on the number of options and voters. It’s like having a tiny dot-wielding wizard in your pocket, ready to guide you to decision-making glory!

How does the Dot Voting Calculator work? Count the number of options and the number of people who can vote. Choose which style you would like to use. Fill in the values and press the magic button to start the Dot Voting Calculator. Wait… and there are the dots everyone can use.


Introduction to Dot Voting

Benefits of Dot Voting:

  • Simple and Intuitive: Dot voting is easy to understand and participate in, making it accessible to diverse groups.
  • Quick and Efficient: It’s a faster decision-making process than lengthy discussions or complex voting systems.
  • Inclusive and Democratic: Everyone gets an equal voice, and no single opinion dominates the process.
  • Visual and Engaging: Dot voting’s visual nature makes it easy to see the results and understand the group’s preferences.
  • Reduces Conflict: It helps avoid lengthy debates by allowing people to vote directly on their preferences.

Applications of Dot Voting:

  • Brainstorming and Ideation: Narrowing down a large number of ideas.
  • Project Prioritization: Deciding which projects to focus on.
  • Feature Prioritization: Determining which features to implement in a product.
  • Decision-Making: Choosing between different options in a group setting.

Limitations of Dot Voting:

  • Limited Nuance: It doesn’t allow for detailed explanations or discussion of the pros and cons of each option.
  • Potential for Ties: In some cases, multiple options might receive the same votes, requiring additional methods to break the tie.
  • Vulnerable to Bias: Participants might be influenced by the choices of others.

Dot voting facilitates quick, inclusive, and transparent decision-making in various contexts. While it has limitations, it’s often a great starting point for narrowing options and focusing group discussions.

Number of Dots

There’s no single “right” answer to how many dots people should be allowed in dot voting, as it depends on a few key factors:

  1. Number of Options: If you have many options, giving people too many dots could overwhelm the voting process and dilute each vote’s impact. Conversely, too few dots might not allow them to express their preferences adequately.
  2. Goal of the Vote: Are you trying to narrow down a long list to a few top choices, or are you simply trying to gauge general interest in various options? The goal of the vote will influence how many dots are appropriate.
  3. Group Size: A larger group might benefit from fewer dots per person to avoid too much diffusion of votes, while a smaller group might be able to handle more dots per person effectively.

Common Approaches

  • 25% Rule: A common guideline is giving each person a number of dots equal to 25% of the total options. So, for eight options, each person would get two dots.
  • 80/20 Rule: Another method is to divide the total number of options by 5 (20%) to determine the number of dots per person. For example, with ten options, each person would get two dots.
  • Fixed Number: Some facilitators prefer to use a fixed number of dots per person, regardless of the number of options. Three dots is a popular choice, as it allows people to indicate their top three choices without making the process too complex.
  • Intuitive Judgment: Ultimately, the best approach is to use your judgment based on the situation. Consider the abovementioned factors, and experiment with different numbers of dots to see what works best for your group.

Additional Tips

  • Explain the Reasoning: Communicate to participants why you’ve chosen a certain number of dots and the voting goal.
  • Allow Flexibility: If unsure, start with a conservative number of dots and allow participants to request more if needed.
  • Experiment: Don’t be afraid to try different approaches and see what yields the most meaningful results for your group.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

More information

Dot Voting: An OS for Agile Leaders

This ResearchGate article positions dot voting as an operating system for agile leaders, highlighting its role in facilitating democratic decision-making in agile teams. While not a scientific paper, it offers valuable insights into the benefits and use cases of dot voting.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329513499_Dot_Voting_An_OS_for_Agile_Leaders

Prioritisation by ‘dot-voting’ in roadmapping workshops

This paper from the University of Cambridge explores the use of dot voting for prioritizing ideas in roadmapping workshops. It delves into the effectiveness and limitations of dot voting based on empirical observations.

https://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/uploads/Full_CTM-Working-Paper_McKenzie-Gill-Phaal_15-4-19-original_pdf.pdf

How to Use Dot Voting for Group Decision-making

Although not a scientific paper, this article from Lucidspark provides a comprehensive guide on how to use dot voting effectively. It outlines the process, benefits, and best practices for facilitating group decision-making using this method.

https://lucidspark.com/blog/dot-voting

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