July 23, 2014

New Feature: Anonymous Voting

Megan Landes

Neuroscience nerd, peanut butter aficionado. Never found without colored pencils.

Today, we’re excited to announce a fun new way to streamline your creative process: voting.

We understand that synthesis is an important part of problem solving, so we released voting to give you the ability to quickly form a hierarchy of ideas. That way, you can narrow down your ideas and gain a clearer understanding of how you want to move forward with your project.

Voting is also anonymous, so your voting sessions will always be bias-free!

Why is this important?

According to Leah Thompson, author of Creative Conspiracy and professor at the Kellogg School of Management, brainstorming can suffer from what she calls the “uneven communication problem.” This is the phenomenon in which people who are the loudest of the group end up doing the most talking (even though their ideas might not necessarily be the best).

Also, in an environment where it is apparent whose ideas are whose and who is voting for what, it is easy to feel pressured to vote for your boss’ idea over that of the new guy.

Anonymous voting removes all bias and gives everyone a voice.

Another cool thing about voting:

Voting lets you see the big picture; it gives you the power to reach a consensus as a team, not just as an individual. With the ability to see which ideas received the most votes and which received the least (and the entire range of ideas in between), you are given insight into the way that your team conceptualizes a problem or idea, and what they think the solution should be. Even if their view is different than your own, and the results surprise you, voting is a great way to get you and your team all on the same page.

How do I use it?

Click on the button that is furthest to the right in the top menu bar, and then select “Start Voting Session.”

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You will have the option to determine how many votes each collaborator is able to place (up to 10) by clicking the + or the - buttons. From there, click on the elements you want to vote for, and then click “End Voting Session” when you’re out of votes.

Once everyone has placed their votes, determining the favorite concept or idea is easy!

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Head to MURAL and try it out yourself.