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Pros and Cons List Template

Outline the advantages and disadvantages of a specific choice or decision.

About the Pros and Cons List template

What is a pros and cons list?

A pros and cons list is a simple but powerful decision-making tool used to help understand both sides of an argument. Pros are listed as arguments in favor of making a particular decision or action. Cons are listed arguments against it.

By creating a list that details both sides of the argument, it becomes easier to visualize the potential impact of your decision. To make your pros and cons list even more objective, it can help to weight each pro and con against the others. You can then present your decision with confidence, making a strong argument for why it’s the right one.

Creating a pros and cons list is an easy way to reduce uncertainty and promote transparency. By listing the advantages and disadvantages of each choice, you build an objective decision-making process unswayed by bias or emotion. Weighting your arguments against each other can provide further evidence against or in favor of a given choice. 

Why use a pros and cons list?

A pros and cons list is a simple tool to help you weigh both sides of a particular decision or action. It can be a useful tool for gathering different arguments and perspectives. This approach can help highlight knowledge gaps and areas where you might need to do further research.

How should you fill out a pros and cons list?

You can begin by brainstorming all of your ideas as they come to you. Once you’ve had time to generate all your ideas, you may wish to reorder them so that the ideas you think are most important appear at the top of each list. You can use Miro to conduct a pros and cons brainstorming session with a distributed team. Use features like chat and @mentions to share ideas and get feedback.

What are some use cases for a pros and cons list?

The pros and cons list template is especially powerful in a group setting. In high-stakes meetings, building a pros and cons list can help make everyone aware of potential consequences, bring together opposing sides, provide new perspectives, and get buy-in. The process of creating the list can also highlight knowledge gaps so your team can do further research. Once you’ve laid out the potential impacts of your decision, your team can proceed with confidence.

Pros and cons list examples

Here is a simple example of a pros and cons list in action. Let’s say you need to decide whether or not to buy a new car. 

Examples of Pros:

  • New car is safer

  • New car gets better gas mileage

  • New car has more cargo space 

Examples of Cons:

  • New car is expensive

  • Old car runs fine

  • Insurance will cost more on the new car

In the above example, you see that both sides of the argument or decision are being weighed out. This will help the person decide on whether or not purchasing the new car is a good decision. 

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