gears

Human bar chart

Overview

This is a silly name for a way of choosing a theme to work on once themes have emerged through affinity mapping.  It enables participants to self-select a theme and create teams in under a minute.

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The tool

Basically, all that happens is people allocate themselves to the theme they want to work on.

In a face-to-face environment, this may be visually engaging as people move to locations within a room where the name of the theme has been allocated. But, quite honestly, why not just say, go here if you want to work on this and have done with it.

It’s a bit of a free for all, and may result in too many people working on one thing and not enough on another (although that will tell you something about the priorities that have been identified!).

Why use it

When to use it

  • After themes have been identified by affinity mapping.

How to use it

Strengths

Weaknesses

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