Kitchen Prioritization

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The goal of this game is to understand how important it is to have choice criterias during prioritization and make them explicit. This game will talk about relative prioritization, implicit criterias, personal criterias, implicit expectations

Timing: 30mn


  • Paper/Scissors or sticky notes
  • Pen
  • Paperboard

Take sticky notes or cut the paper in small cards.


Create team of 3 to 6 people

Introduce the game telling them : “You are a colocation and you want to install a new kitchen, you will have to prioritize kitchen items from the work plan to the smallest appliance”.

  1. 3mn – Ask them to give criterias allowing them to prioritize between different items, “how do you choose between a table and a blender?”. Take notes of these criterias in order to be visible by everyone.
  2. Distribute to group members a role card (listed at the end). This card will give them a role and expectations regarding the kitchen composition. Everyone will take notes about their role and will not reveal it to others. During the game, each one will have to support their expectations during prioritization.
  3. 3mn – Ask the group to generate as elements as possible in group like a brainstorm. Make them write it on cards or post-its in order to create a pile of items.
  4. 3mn Ask people to create a pile and flip it in order to hide the texts.
  5. 7-10mn : Do a 20/20 prioritization, the pile of cards is flipped. Take cards one by one and everytime, ask if is more important or less important than the other cards already revealed. If it’s more important, put it above, if it’s less important put it under. The goal is to do a relative prioritization.
List of roles :
  • I’m an incredible cooker
  • I love bake cakes
  • I like ordering pizzas
  • It’s just about my children
  • I’m vegan
  • I love meat
  • I always invite a lot of people at home
  • I don’t like technology
  • I’m an healthy food lover
  • Useless stuff are so fun and great


    • How did you experienced the relative priotization?
    • Would you be able to do this prioritization without comparing items between them?
    • How did you feel the pace? How much time would it be good for you ? What would you expect with more time to happen?
    • How was the discussions?
    • Have you used criterias we wrote together?
    • What was your roles? Have you understood role of the others? Did it create anything particular?

Learning Points:

  • It’s important to explicit criterias in order to find a way to be agree
  • It’s important to explicit needs people come with during a prioritization meeting
  • It’s important to find common criterias, probably those coming from the companie’s vision
  • Relative prioritization is probaly faster and easier than absolute prioritization
  • When you stakeholers ask you what they want and if they have incompatible needs, the best thing to do is to reunite them in the same meeting and make them do the prioritization themselves
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3 Responses to "Kitchen Prioritization"
  • Fabrice Rivard February 13, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I see the list of roles but what about expectation?

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  • Grégory Alexandre February 13, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Hi Fabrice,

    You’ll ask people to personify their role and, that way, try to support what their role could expect

    For example : “I love to bake cakes” will create cards in order to bake cake (maybe a cake oven, cake molds…) and will want to have it at the head of the list.

    My experience told me that you can trust people to succeed in that task.

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  • walter April 26, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Nice game it would be interesting to have a video explaining it and showing the people to play it, do you plan that?

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