The Clear trade offs sliders is a team forming activity for building and documenting a common understanding for trade offs. Many decisions and conversation are based on individual views and assumptions between choices. A few examples: what has a higher value: security or easy of usage? What about scalability and security? And scalability and easy of usage? This activity fosters an open conversation based on a visible and collaborative canvas. Perhaps making trade offs very clear, avoiding future disagreements and fastening decisions.
Running the activity
- Write down the categories under comparison on post-its. Write them as a group activity. Try eliminating duplicates.
- Place the categories on the canvas as row titles, then draw a horizontal line for each category
- Draw vertical lines (same number as horizontal lines). Write highest on top of the left-most line and lowest on top of hte right-most line.
- Ask the participants to mark their initials on several post-its and place one post it per row. The constraint: each column must have one post it with their initials (e.g. only one of hte categories will marked on the highest column line).
- Trade-offs equalization; with a different post-it color (orange post-it on the photo below), decide as a group how each category compares to each otehr. The steps above make this conversation easier as group agreements and disagrerements are very visible on the canvas