Discerning the relationships (affinity) or a large group of ideas or statements
- See above
Setting: Flipcharts, Post It Notes, Markers, Wall Space
Types of participants: All levels
Time needed: 1 hour
Ideal conditions: Large room, plenty of wall space, or table space, participants willing to engage in reflective activity.
Pre-Work Required: None
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Trusting
Facilitator personality fit: Good at reflective practice.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): Facilitation skills required
See file attached for more detail: the following is a summary of the steps.
Step 1: Ensure that the team is comprised of the appropriate people
Step 2: Describe the issue or problem in a full sentence.
Step 3: Brainstorm causes to the problem, or if it is an issue or challenge, responses that will address it.
Step 4: Record each idea on a Post-It note
Step 5: In groups of 3 – 4 people, sort the Post-It notes into natural groupings or
themes – do this silently.
Step 6: Create consensus around the groupings.
Step 7: Create a summary Post-It for each grouping
Follow-Up Required: Build next steps and actions for clustered items
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Consensus, consolidating large number of ideas into a manageable number.
Potential pitfalls: Some people in group not willing to move at the pace of the slowest member.
How success is evaluated: Clustered items 'make sense' to group and provide action items for next steps.
Source: Affinity Consulting
Derived from: The Seven Management and Planning Tools; Qualitative Analysis
History of Development: Qualitative Research; TQM
Recognizable components: Post-It notes
References: Post-It notes
Alternative names: KJ-Method