How to Use Affinity Diagrams (KJ Diagrams) in Brainstorming

Brainstorming
Knowledge Center

 

Next Topic

Brainstorming > Best Practices > How to Use Affinity Diagrams (KJ Diagrams) in Brainstorming

How to Use Affinity Diagrams (KJ Diagrams) in Brainstorming
Kenneth
I have been using the Affinity Diagram method for a long time now and this has proven to be a hit when it comes to selecting criteria and then categorizing ideas. It's participative, silent, quick and very effective. Another variant in brainstorming is using the , just avoid the Devil's Advocate hat, this can be used in the concerns stage of Brainstorming. (...) Read more? Sign up for free

Please register now to read all responses and to join this discussion yourself. It's easy and 100% free.

Sign up for free     Log in


  What is an Affinity Diagram?
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
  The affinity diagram is a business tool used to organize ideas and data. This tool takes large amounts of disorganized data and information and enables one to organize it into groupings based on natural relationships. It was created in the 1960s by Japanese anthropologist Jiro Kawakita. It's also known as KJ Diagram.
The tool is used in project management and brainstorming and allows large numbers of ideas stemming to be sorted into groups for review and analysis.
Affinity diagram process:
1. Conduct a brainstorming meeting
2. Record each idea on cards or post-it-notes
3. Gather (glue) the post it notes / cards into a single place (e.g. a desk or wall)
4. Look for ideas that seem to be related
5. Sort cards into groups based on the teams thoughts until all cards have been used and the team is happy with the results.
6. Name each group with a description and write the name at the top of each group.
7. Once the cards have been sorted into groups the team may discuss the groups and how they are related and sort clusters into subgroups for easier management and analysis.

  The KJ Brainstorming Methodology
Henrique Steinberg, Management Consultant, Brazil, Member
  (...)

  KJ Backgound, KJ Process Steps
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
  (...)

   
Special Interest Group Leader

Are you an expert in this field? Sign up for free


Brainstorming
Summary
Forum
Examples of Ground Rules. Tips for Facilitators
How to Measure the Effectiveness of Brainstorming Sessions?
🔥Learning Canvas 3.0 for Brainstorming
Best Practices
🥇Start Brainstorming Process Individually, Then Move to Group Process
🥈Tips to Prepare a Brainstorming Session
🥉Do a Brainstorm Session to Make (or Prepare for) Major Decisions
Conditions for Brainstorming
Store your Brainstorming Ideas - They May be of Use Later
Electronic Brainstorming (E-Brainstorming)
How to Use Affinity Diagrams (KJ Diagrams) in Brainstorming
Brainstorming is an Outlet for Hidden Ideas and Increases Employee Engagement
Use Six Thinking Hats to Structure Brainstorming Sessions
Brainstorming - Dealing with Excess of Information
Brainstorming Outcome: the Next Step
Combine Brainstorming with Cause and Effect Diagram (Ishikawa)
The Paradox of Brainstorming
Use Brainstorming as a New Leader
Brainstorming is Team-building
Network Brainstorming (via Internet)
Suggestion Boxes | Suggestion Schemes
Brainstorming Difficulties
Branstorming session - No more Purpose - Time to stop.


Brainstorming
Knowledge Center

 

Next Topic



About 12manage | Advertising | Link to us / Cite us | Privacy | Suggestions | Terms of Service
2020 12manage - The Executive Fast Track. V15.5 - Last updated: 4-8-2020. All names of their owners.