The affinity diagram is another idea generator. It starts with the issue statement. Once the issue is presented, it continues like the nominal group technique with some time for individual idea generation. The difference is with an affinity diagram each of the ideas are written on an index card or post-it note. Each idea is recorded by the individual on one card or post-it. All notes are then posted on a wall or put on a table. The team members then put the cards or post-its into similar groupings. This is all complete without discussion. Next, the team decides on a theme for each group of notes through discussion. The team creates a header card for each group of notes from the theme. The cards are arranged under the issue with the header card and each of the notes relating to the grouping under the header card. Next, just like nominal group technique the items are prioritized for action.
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