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My product just deployed 2.0. Now there are many thing to plan for next sprint. From the list of 5-10 items, we need to ask everyone of our staff to order these 10 items based on importance. It all should be single vote and anonymous.

Is there any site giving this service?

It could be made in an hour but it wont appear anonymous to the staff, no matter what I say.

(Sorry, if its the wrong place to ask. I could not find other.)

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maybe ask about this on Web Applications Stack Exchange –  user82793 Jun 12 '13 at 11:50
@axrwkr - no. This is a shopping recommendation which is off topic/not constructive everywhere on the network. –  ChrisF Jun 12 '13 at 12:18
@ChrisF I'd argue that there isn't really any difference. Regardless thevikas is asking for a web application that allows anonymous voting, two of the answers posted recommend web applications, can't it be migrated there –  user82793 Jun 12 '13 at 12:20
@axrwkr - I misread the question when I first commented. The question is a shopping recommendation and therefore not suitable for Stack Exchange at all. –  ChrisF Jun 12 '13 at 12:23
@ChrisF I have observed that questions in which the person asking the question is looking for a web application that does a certain thing aren't uncommon on the web applications stack exchange site, a recent question Is there a web application that works just like Kippt but focuses on notes instead of links? is an example of this –  user82793 Jun 12 '13 at 20:09

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Google Drive allows you to create a simple web form in a few minutes. People fill it in, and the results are stored anonymously in a spreadsheet (there is nothing to stop repeat voting, so some level of trust is required).

I am a bit worried about the requirement that voting be anonymous, though. Why is this? People not wanting others to know which features they think are important does not sound conducive to a healthy collaborative development environment.

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+1 for highlighting that voting anonymously is not a good practice. In fact, when we gather requirements for our software, we always add the name of the author to the requirement to have someone at hand who can answer additional questions, give information how important that thing is (at least, for him) etc. –  Doc Brown Jun 12 '13 at 13:24

It is not like scrum to let the team prioritize the next batch of tasks/features. That is the responsibility of the product owner, in collaboration with the client.

With that out of the way, with such a small number of items, the easiest way to set-up a voting system is the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Just ask everyone to fill out a form and drop it in a box (if they care about their handwriting being recognized, allow the form to be completed on a computer and then printed).


If the voters are geographically distributed (far enough apart that it is impractical to have one or two locations where the forms can be dropped off), you can organise it like an election-by-post: Everyone gets one form, printed on coloured paper so copies are fairly obvious, and is asked to return it by post.

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+1 for suggesting pen-and-paper - some things work better manually. But to your first sentence: I was assuming "staff = users = client", and the one organizing the voting system is probably the product owner. –  Doc Brown Jun 12 '13 at 10:08
Half of the staff is remote incl. me. –  thevikas Jun 12 '13 at 10:30
@DocBrown: It is a possibility, but that is not how I read the question. –  Bart van Ingen Schenau Jun 12 '13 at 11:23
@thevikas: see my update –  Bart van Ingen Schenau Jun 12 '13 at 11:34

There is - SurveyMonkey, its used by a lot of companies including several blogs I follow, and my contact lens supplier who's just sent me another damn survey using that site.

You could create your own using phpESP which worked rather well when I needed one for internal use,though your users might worry you can capture their IP address from their submissions.

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"another !#@$ survey" indeed. My pet peeve is sites that ask how your experience was. –  dan1111 Jun 12 '13 at 11:45

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