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Voting and Ranking

What It Is Used For

  • To use a group’s expertise to select from among options.

When to Use It

  • With a team and when there are limited data to help select an option or a solution to a problem.
  • This technique provides more discrimination between options than the Nominal Group Technique.

Important Notes

  • Like the Nominal Group Technique, this technique is only as good as the skills and knowledge of the team that is using it.
  • Voting and Ranking should not be used as a substitute for collecting data (especially during root cause analysis).

Example of Voting and Ranking