Thumb-Voting... vote with your thumbs. — Thumb up: positive; thumb down: negative; thumb horizontal: Don't care.
Description of Thumb Voting
Thumb Voting is a voting format to agree upon alternatives after they are discussed extensively. To create the alternative proposals for group decisions, there are other formats
Thumb Voting is a simple version of the group decision Five Finger Voting
facilitation for decision-making
. A group has to decide in a very short time on a proposal and possible alternatives to solve the issue.
The participants debated extensively the proposal and it's alternatives in a discussion up-front, e.g. in a Five-to-Fold facilitation. Now, it is time to decide. — You can vote with your fingers (Thumb Voting, Five Fingers Voting) or with Coulored Cards.
Rules of Thumb Voting
One out of the group
- Explains the issue shortly.
- Offers the solution.
- Fields questions — only short answers — no discussion.
- Asks the group for their voting:
- Thumb down: You want to block the proposal because you believe it’s damaging.
- Thumb horizontal: You’re on board, you do not care about pro or cons.
- Thumb up: You’re all-in and prepared to own the project. You’ll take the lead if asked.
When to use Thumb Voting
- There is an issue to solve.
- There is a proposal (and alternatives) as a solution.
- There is a group, the participants, that has the authority to decide.
- There is only very short time.