Decisions are hard.
Group decisions are downright painful.

ForceRank is a prioritization tool for product teams

It forces people to identify priorities, make tradeoffs and finalize a plan.
It cuts through indecision by showing consensus and highlighting disagreement.

Use it to Prioritize Features and Backlogs

Import Trello lists right into ForceRank
Have your team vote and quickly gain insight on what your team thinks.

How it works

Save the meeting time, save the world. Too many meetings get stuck in the brainstorm stage. With ForceRank, everyone comes to the meeting with priorities identified so the conversation shifts from argument to resolution.

Step 1: Make everyone think for themselves

Choices

  •  
    Customer Care Initiative
  •  
    Redo Mobile App
  •  
    Site Performance
  •  
    Upgrade Database
  •  
    Change Hosting Provider
  •  
    Develop Personas
  •  
    Redo Homepage
  •  
    V1 of an Android App
  •  
    Better engagement emails

Ranking

    Try dragging a choice here!

Step 2: Compare results. Find patterns. Dig deeper.

Responses

    1. 1
      Customer Care Initiative
    2. 6
      Develop Personas
    3. 4
      Upgrade Database
    4. 9
      Better engagement emails
    5. 2
      Redo Mobile App
    6. 3
      Site Performance
    7. 5
      Change Hosting Provider
    8. 8
      V1 of an Android App
    9. 7
      Redo Homepage
    1. 1
      Customer Care Initiative
    2. 2
      Redo Mobile App
    3. 4
      Upgrade Database
    4. 5
      Change Hosting Provider
    5. 7
      Redo Homepage
    6. 6
      Develop Personas
    7. 8
      V1 of an Android App
    8. 9
      Better engagement emails
    9. 3
      Site Performance
    1. 1
      Customer Care Initiative
    2. 2
      Redo Mobile App
    3. 3
      Site Performance
    4. 4
      Upgrade Database
    5. 7
      Redo Homepage
    6. 9
      Better engagement emails
    7. 8
      V1 of an Android App
    8. 5
      Change Hosting Provider
    9. 6
      Develop Personas
    1. 1
      Customer Care Initiative
    2. 2
      Redo Mobile App
    3. 3
      Site Performance
    4. 4
      Upgrade Database
    5. 7
      Redo Homepage
    6. 8
      V1 of an Android App
    7. 6
      Develop Personas
    8. 9
      Better engagement emails
    9. 5
      Change Hosting Provider

Compare

Drag a response into this box to compare it to the overall results.
Select a response to compare it to the overall results.

Compare

Drag a response into this box to compare it to the overall results.
Select a response to compare it to the overall results.

Overall Results

  1. 1
    Customer Care Initiative
  2. 2
    Redo Mobile App
  3. 3
    Site Performance
  4. 4
    Upgrade Database
  5. 5
    Change Hosting Provider
  6. 6
    Develop Personas
  7. 7
    Redo Homepage
  8. 8
    V1 of an Android App
  9. 9
    Better engagement emails
Now give it a shot yourself

Plans & Pricing

(As if you could put a price on better decisions)

Why it works

Problem solving techniques from the Delphi Method to the Nominal Group Technique all focus on the composition and objective weighing of priorities. But getting on the same page about what approaches are best can be difficult. Some people approach problems from the stand-point of quick-wins of low-hanging fruit. Others rank the highest impact approaches first.

ForceRank works by combining a cross-section of different priorities and enabling you to look for trends among the group.

It's incredible how many project barriers can be eliminated just by going through this simple exercise. ForceRank helps me and my colleagues get on the same page and make meetings more productive. It takes seconds to set up and is definitely worthwhile.
Meghan

Meghan Keaney

Product Marketer

Here's an example

Let's walk through an example of how we can use ForceRank to help our team decide which features we need to finish before we release a Beta.

First we'll build a questions and define a list of choices. In this case it's all the possible features we could build. We also add a "Release Beta" choice and tell people to prioritize it at the point where they think we should release.

Then we just send an email to our colleague and they can jump right in and start ranking the choices.

Success! Now we have responses from my 5 colleagues. You can see the overall preferences of the group on the right. The results are colored so that we can easily see outliers. It looks like Mike and I generally agree. But you can see that when I hover over the second choice on Mike's list I actually ranked it much much lower. Sounds like we should discuss that one.

Mike and I generally agreed, but if we compare my opinions to Chase's we can see that there are some real differences. Indeed the groups 17th priority was something Chase thought should be #4! Since Chase is the UX expert, it sounds like perhaps the engineers need to understand why we're rating those things on the bottom.

Finally we can also compare everyone's results against the overall scores as calculated by our algorithm.

The goal is to have smarter, better, faster discussions. Using a system like this you'll find you don't even need to discuss some options because they're either unanimously important or unimportant. On the flip side, the major disconnects in your group will, quite literally, glow red and allow you to focus in directly on what matters.