Affinity Diagram

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Identification
Alternative names: 
KJ-Method
Level of process: 
Method
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
Affinitizing (clustering) a large group of ideas or statements using a group process.
Used as component of: 
Strategic Planning, problem solving, brainstorming
Recognizable Components: 
Post-It notes
Types of Participants: 
All levels
Optimal amount of time needed: 
1 hour
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Consensus, consolidating large number of ideas into a manageable number.
Level of participation: 
All levels
Ideal Conditions: 
Large room, plenty of wall space, or table space, participants willing to engage in reflective activity.
Potential Pitfalls: 
Some people in group not willing to move at the pace of the slowest member.
How is success evaluated: 
Clustered items 'make sense' to group and provide action items for next steps.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Trusting
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Good at reflective practice.
Setting and Materials: 
Flipcharts, Post It Notes, Markers, Wall Space
Resources Needed: 
See above
Pre-Work Required: 
None
Procedures: 

See file attached

How flexible is the process?: 
Extremely...can be customised to suit a variety of settings and issues.
Follow-Up Required: 
Yes
File attachments: 
AttachmentSize
PDF icon Affinity_Diagram.pdf317.64 KB
Background
Developer: 
Affinity Consulting
Derived from: 
The Seven Management and Planning Tools; Qualitative Analysis
History of Development: 

Qualitative Research; TQM

License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
Suppliers
Creators: 
Trainers: 
Namesort descending City Country
Andi Roberts El Puerto de Santa Maria Spain
Creative Human Relations Solutions Fayetteville United States
Making Space Consulting East Lyme United States
the coachouse den haag Netherlands
Consultants: 
Namesort descending City Country
Andi Roberts El Puerto de Santa Maria Spain
Creative Human Relations Solutions Fayetteville United States
Making Space Consulting East Lyme United States
the coachouse den haag Netherlands
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