We love it when our veteran teams share what they know to the benefit of the larger FIRST® LEGO® League community. The Mann Master Builders from Union, Kentucky, USA, were semi-finalists last season for the FLL Global Innovation Award, presented by XPRIZE. Knowing that many rookie teams struggle with settling on a decision-making process, they shared how they do it. It’s not the only  way, of course, but it has worked for them.

A Simple and Effective FLL Decision-Making Process

by The Mann Master Builders

Mann Master Builders

Whether deciding how to tackle a robot mission or creating an innovative solution for the FLL Project, this simple and effective step-by-step process will help your team make the best decisions.


  1. Brainstorm Solutions – Let the team be creative and the ideas flow.  Resist the temptation to evaluate the solutions just yet.
  2. Develop Criteria– Criteria are the factors you will use to analyze and evaluate the solutions.
  3. Rate Solutions Based on Criteria – Make a grid with the solutions as rows and the criteria as columns. Rate each criterion for each solution on a scale of 1-10.
  4. Make a Decision – Add up the criterion ratings for each solution. Choose the solution with the highest total.  See example below.


Finally, FLL Core Values should be at the heart of the decision-making process.  For more information about incorporating core values into your meetings, don’t forget to register for our Ask an Expert Webinar on Monday, September 28, at 5 p.m. ET. Register here.