What’s Wrong with Dot Voting Exercises

Dot voting fails when the things you’re voting on all work together as part of a larger system. Easy example: There are nine ingredients in this recipe. Let’s vote on which three ingredients we should prioritize!

“Let’s fix the UI. The UI is terrible.” But what if beneath these user interface frustrations is the real behemoth — the underlying tech structure that really needs to be fixed first. And if everyone understood this, then they’d also understand that fixing the user interface issues now would be throwaway work when the foundation is eventually repaired. But everyone sees the visible problem, and cares about the visible problem, so the visible problem is what gets voted on.