Designing Design Workshops: Beyond Dot-Voting

Put your dot on the face that best describes your feeling about dot-voting.

Vote on a scale

A prompt and a simple scale for breaking the ice at a workshop about navigation.
I added the blue box after the voting was done so we could talk about where most people ended up.
I do not expect to get an accurate read of user behaviors when asking stakeholders about them, but I do get a sense of their assumptions and preconceptions. Even strongly entrenched mythologies within an organization have wildly different interpretations by each person.

Preparation tips: The prompts should be pretty narrow and you should have at about 5 options on the scale.

Use when: You want to tease out assumptions or preconceptions; The team has requirements that need clarification; The team sees a choice as a binary, and there’s an opportunity to reveal nuance.

Pick from a list

In this workshop, five teams (of 4-5 people each) came up with dramatically different approaches to navigation, even given the same set of terms to start.

Preparation tips: Narrow prompts work well here. Create multiple copies of the list so people can grab their options without impinging on others. The number of options depends on the exercise, but keep in mind you need to allow time for participants to review the available options.

Use when: Showing broad range of options will encourage thinking about the problem differently

Use narrow or leading prompts

Preparation tips: Start with the large open-ended question and then break it down into smaller requests

Use when: Asking people to brainstorm within a large domain

Putting Activity Templates to Use

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