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100-Dollar Voting Exercise

Everyone gets $100 to allocate to their favorite ideas.
This is a simple prioritization game I play with my team, largely inspired by . I’ve found it most useful when I have a big decision and set aside time to work through options — for example, during quarterly planning (read Lenny Rachitsky’s on Coda’s planning process).
Most priority exercises are one dimensional (”vote on your top 3 priorities”). This works when you need to make a quick decision. However, many situations call for a more in-depth understanding of how people on your team actually feel. The $100-dollar exercise adds a second dimension of weight. So not only do you end up with a ranked list of priorities, but you also understand how much your team favors some ideas over others (”the #1 idea is 4x as important as the #2 idea”).

Getting started

To spin up this game,
copy this template
or type /100-dollar voting in your doc.
Join the game: Have everyone add themselves to the table.
Add & vote on ideas: Let everyone add & allocate $100 across their favorite ideas.
Reveal everyone’s votes: Show everyone’s dollar allocation to inform your decisions.
Clear sample data


Join the game.

Participants
0
Participant
Allocated
Remaining
1
Polly Rose
000
100
$0
2
Lola Tseudonym
000
55
$45
3
Adam Davis
000
30
$70
There are no rows in this table

Add ideas & allocate your $100.

Ideas
1
Ideas
Added by
$1
$5
$10
$20
$50
1
Sell cookies in Central Park
Polly Rose
2
Create YouTube tutorials
Adam Davis
3
Host a monthly dinner
Lola Tseudonym
4
Re-design our website
Adam Davis
There are no rows in this table
Reset votes

Reveal everyone’s votes.

Dollar allocation
1
Ideas
Total
Added by
$1 voters
$5 voters
$10 voters
$20 voters
$50 voters
1
Create YouTube tutorials
$80
Adam Davis
Adam Davis
Lola Tseudonym
Polly Rose
2
Sell cookies in Central Park
$60
Polly Rose
Lola Tseudonym
Polly Rose
3
Host a monthly dinner
$40
Lola Tseudonym
Lola Tseudonym
Adam Davis
4
Re-design our website
$5
Adam Davis
Lola Tseudonym
There are no rows in this table


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