Then, in silence, each group member must move a Post-it to another that in his view, is similar to or have affinity and thus are formed peer groups. When you have passed the last of the group members, each of them is going systematically until each person feels comfortable with the groupings of the board. It is recommended that each time a Post-it is moved to another group, the others try to see the logical connection to prevent a Post-it is moved from one group to another beyond a reasonable point, if this happens, it should duplicate the Post- and place it in groups where there are affinities.

The silence during the execution of this step is necessary so that each team member can concentrate on the meaning of ideas and connections between them, also to avoid arguments that delay activity. If any of the Post-it is not grouped, should not be discarded but are grouped together but not affinity between them. Step 5: Appoint the team through discussion groups, you name it as one of the groups with which all agree and to convey, in very few words, the central idea of all Post-it that compose it. This step must be performed until all groups have a name. The group of post-it that are unrelated to each other, can be named as “other” or “miscellaneous.” The names of the groups are recorded in a Post-it which is different from the others either being of another color, have a larger role or have a larger print.

If there are very large grouping, these can be divided into sub-groupings with their respective names Step 6: Draw the final affinity diagram This is the final step is simply to arrange the Post-it for each group and put the name in the top. As an example, Figure 12 illustrates a finished affinity diagram. Benefits – summarizes and organizes the information gathered through different data collection techniques. – Identify key issues or main ideas of the matter under review. – Promotes creativity of all team members in all steps of development of the diagram. – Promotes communication and consensus through reasoned discussion. – Promotes traditional connections between ideas and issues.

– Promotes teamwork and building solutions are not individualistic but by consensus. Relationship with other tools – Rain ideas (brainstorming).


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