Discerning Priorities with Colours

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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Intent or purpose: 
To discern priorities from a number of perspectives
Used as component of: 
Processing a brainstorm, analyzing a list of possibilities
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Clear visual patterns that allow easy separation of high and low priorities
Level of participation: 
High, includes movement
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Setting and Materials: 
Lists on the wall, visible to all participants, coloured sticky dots
Resources Needed: 
Coloured sticky dots, one colour for each participant per question
Pre-Work Required: 
Adapt the questions to the topic
Procedures: 

Give each person a small number of sticky dots (see below). They walk up to the front and put on their priority item(s) according to specific questions (easily follows the Focused Conversation method): i.e. red dot = one you?re most passionate about, yellow=easiest to dot, green= costs least, blue=most impact.
Reflect what the pattern tells you about the group?s consensus.

How flexible is the process?: 
Adaptable to appropriate questions of priority
Follow-Up Required: 
Conversation about the consensus, state the decision.
Background
Developer: 
Jo Nelson
Derived from: 
Dotmocracy
History of Development: 

see sources

References: 
Meetings That Work course, ICA Associates Inc. Bens, Ingrid: Facilitating with Ease, Participative Dynamics, 1997 Williams, R. Bruce: More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus, IRI/Skylight Publishing, 1993
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
Suppliers
Creators: 
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ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
Trainers: 
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CFI Syllab Inc. Montreal Canada
ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
Consultants: 
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CFI Syllab Inc. Montreal Canada
ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
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