The purpose of this technique is to support decision making between a large number of ideas. The anonymity of participants guarantees its suitability to group contexts, where internal pressure or anxiety may be present.
Using Anonymous Voting
Step 1: The facilitator provides participants with a list of all ideas produced as the result of an idea generation process.
Step 2: Every participant receives a ranking sheet upon which a predetermined number of ranking positions are requested. For example, this may be a top 5, or top 10, depending on the organisation’s requirements. The idea judged best by the participant ought to be highest on the list and to have received the highest score.
Step 3: The facilitator gathers the anonymous responses of participants and calculates the total for each of the ideas. This is used to inform the selection.