Scatter diagram

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Intent or purpose: 
The intent of this process is to find out about the different variables that can have - seen in content to each other a great influence.
Used as component of: 
This process is used as a visual aid when wanting to analyze the correlation between two factors.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
Remarks about group size: 
The group can be of any size.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
The time needed depends on the variables that are examined, and on the time interval that is to be checked.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The outcome will be a scatter diagram which analysis the correlation of to variables such as day time and work done.
Level of participation: 
The level of participation is low as the participants do not necessarily have to work with the facilitator but can only be examined.
Ideal Conditions: 
The to be observed participants should feel comfortable in their environment and should be able to work normally.
Potential Pitfalls: 
A potential pitfall is the misinterpretation of the results.
How is success evaluated: 
The process is successful when a Scatter Diagram has been created and when/if it reveals insightful and new information
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator does not need any particular characteristics.
Setting and Materials: 
A computer in order to create the chart is recommended, however the chart can also be hand drawn.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
There is no work that needs to be done beforehand.

Scatter diagrams are easy to construct and therefore a quick method to analyse certain correlations.
The first step is collect at least forty paired data points. This means that data of the cause being tested and the supposed effect at one point in time has to be collected. An example would be the time of the day for the X axis, and the work done (for example pieces of...) on the y axis. Consequently, this means that the cause is on the horizontal line, whereas the expected effect will be on the vertical axis. Then, determine the highest and the lowest value of each variable and mark the axes accordingly. Next, mark the paired points in the diagram, and if there happen to be multiple pairs with the same value, do draw as many circles around the point as there are additional pairs with those same values.
The last step is to evaluate, hence, identify and classify the patterns of the association or company according to the example graphs that are attached. Great Care is needed when interpreting the chart so as not to leap to conclusions.

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is very flexible in terms of the problem dealt with, and the estimated time.
Follow-Up Required: 
The client will have to analyze the collected data further so as to improve possible problems.
File attachments: 
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Derived from: 
This process derived from the scatter plot/ scatter chart that is used in mathematics and other sciences.