What is it: Affinity Grouping or Affinity Diagrams is a tool used to organize and present large amounts of data (ideas, issues, solutions, problems) into logical categories based on user perceived relationships and conceptual frame working. These diagrams reveal new patterns and relationships between ideas, leading to more creative solutions.
Why use it: Help organize and communicate ideas to all team members in a quick easy to understand manner.
Where to use it: Affinity Diagrams are excellent and organizing large amounts of data but are not so effective at managing small amounts of data – while there is no set limit – we think affinity diagrams provide the most benefit when there is over 15-20 items of data
When to use it: Affinity Diagrams are particularly useful for organizing solutions after a brainstorming session that has generated a large number of ideas. These are usually used in group problem solving, however, individuals can successfully use them for problem solving. Affinity Grouping will take the large number of items or ideas and sort prioritized them.
Typical situations are:
How to use it: Building an affinity diagram isn’t a difficult task and can be summarised by these short steps