The 5 x Why Method (The 5 Whys)

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Ger de Waard, Management Consultant, Netherlands
DESCRIPTION OF THE 5 WHY METHOD The "5 x why" method has been developed by Toyota to perform an iterative of production-related problems. The "5 x why" method is one of the available tools for performing a root-cause analysis. Its simple design and effective output made the 5 x why method also into a popular method used in , , , , etc. HOW DOES THE 5 X WHY METHOD WORK?
  • IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM for which the root cause has to be identified.
  • ASK: WHY has this problem arisen? The result is a reply with a new or different problem.
  • KEEP ASKING: WHY? Take the first answer (or problem) and reformulate the question: Where has this issue has arisen? Repeat these steps until you arrive at the core (root-cause) of the issue/problem.
USING THE 5 WHYS. APPLICATIONS The 5 x Whys can be used for several things:
  • VALIDATING ASSUMPTIONS: It is a simple tool that helps the Belt to unearth an assumption embedded in the process he/she is inves (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Ashok Kella, Manager, India

Our Endorsement to the 5 Whys

Yes, recently, in a complex issue dissecting in ou (...)

  David Week, Director, Australia

Better, but not 'root'

Five Whys is a great way to get better answers, bu (...)

  Ivan Kohlinsky, Management Consultant, United Kingdom

Back to Fundamental Thinking

Excuse me, but I am asking myself WHY is this meth (...)

  Schoenborn, Management Consultant, Germany

5-W in Combination with Impact Measurement

I agree with @ that 5-W is a good approach for roo (...)

  Wulf-Dieter Krueger, Teacher, Thailand

5 Times Why - the Emperor's New Clothes

Watch your children asking this question again and (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Root Cause by Conscious Approach

A rational approach is certainly a way to get clar (...)

  David Torres, Manager, Mexico

5 x WHYS is not Enough for Me

I took an 8Ds course and the homework was to take (...)

  Johnny Michael Tan, Management Consultant, Malaysia

I Prefer the Following Name for this Tool: Why-Why Analysis

I want to share that when my Semiconductor manufac (...)

  Rodolfo Dionisi, Argentina

Tools According to Problem Complexity

Remember that the first step to solve a problem (o (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Role of Biases in Determining the 5 Whys

The 5 Whys as a tool is available for long and is (...)

  Mireille.durin, HR Consultant, Belgium

1 WHY is Enough Sometimes

@: There is always a WHY... Why this situation, wh (...)

  Pedro Monteiro, Manager, Portugal

5 Why is Excellent Tool to Start and Get Back to the Basics

5 Whys is one of the best, simple and effective pr (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Preparing for Usage of 5 Whys

Before we use the 5 Whys is it possible and useful (...)


You Can Use 1 Why or 5 Whys or Multiple Whys

Not all people can solve a particular problem with (...)

  Ashok Kella, Manager, India

Change 5 Why into Why-why Analysis

@: I agree with you that "Five" is symbolic; the i (...)

  Dietmar W. Sokowski, Consultant, United States

Back to Fundamental Thinking

@: Good point Ivan. Your comment is ever so true. (...)

  Sudheendra G. Mudikeri, Management Consultant, India

A Tip for this Fundamental Why-Why Technique

No matter how many WHYs are used, this tool has wi (...)

  Olaf de Hemmer, Business Consultant, France

Why? or: What For?

I agree with pointing out that 'root cause' is hel (...)

  C.L. Kappagomtula, Professor, Malaysia

Even a Single 'why' Can Suffice, Without Overtly Asking 'Why'

Those of you working in production/operations migh (...)

  Miguel Sacramento, Business Consultant, Brazil

5 Why is not Japanese

@: Yes. Every children has a "multiple why device" (...)

  Bevis Qiu, China

Find the Most Cost-Effective Solution after 5 Whys

Different solutions can be found through different (...)

  Olaf de Hemmer, Business Consultant, France

Children Ask Why? Meaning what For?

@: Are chidren not more interested in understandin (...)

  Miguel Sacramento, Business Consultant, Brazil

5 Why is not Japanese

@: Sometimes yes. It depends on each case. For ins (...)

  Wulf-Dieter Krueger, Teacher, Thailand

Children Asking Why

Children ask why for the same reason as anybody el (...)

  FASESIN David, Manager, Nigeria

5 WHY Methodology is Advanced

The 5 WHY methodology for problem solving is more (...)

  Ashok Kella, Manager, India

Advanced 5 WHY Methodology

@: The effectiveness of Why-Why has been evaluated (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Organisation Service or Product Delivery - Human Analogy-Root Cause

When we considering an organization as a living be (...)

  jorge anibal hoyos hoyos, Manager, Colombia

Ask as Many Whys as Necessary

When talking about WHYS I also recall my kids when (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Conscious Approach

We have expert systems which are currently under d (...)


Methods of Iterative Root Cause Analysis

We have a lot of tools available in the past and a (...)

  Lee, Youngki, Consultant, Korea (South)

My Important Experience with 5 Whys

I engaged a company in a training meeting with emp (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Delegation of All Rationally Viable Methods

If all rational methods including why why approach (...)

  Olaf de Hemmer, Business Consultant, France

AI and Causes / Goals

@: I'd be curious to see how AI gets the answer to (...)

  srinivas, Lecturer, India

Feedback Loop Mechanism

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  C.L. Kappagomtula, Professor, Malaysia

Stochastic Approach to Root Cause Analysis May Be the Need of the Day

I fully concur with Ger De Waard's argument to not (...)

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