This diagram is used in project management to group and categorize large amounts of data based on their similarities. This enables us to see the sequence of events, and issues that may not be immediately noticeable at first glance.

How to Create?

Firstly you need to bring together all necessary data and information. It is a good start because it is a prerequisite to have no missing data at hand while starting. Otherwise, the interpretation of the diagram could direct us to wrong outputs.

Then use small papers and write what you have at hand on them and do not miss any. This may include single words or short phrases.

Then put them in order according to similarities and group them. Then, mark or sign each group with a discriminative symbol. After getting all the things grouped it means your data is ready for thinking about it.

Where to Use?

While an affinity diagram can be useful in many areas, it can be particularly useful in Agile project management where collaborative teams need a visual tool to help them understand complex issues.

Benefits of Using it?

The benefits of using an affinity diagram include increased communication and collaboration, and a better understanding of complex data. It also makes it possible that all team members are involved in the decision making process and have a clear understanding of the issues and potential solutions. 

By following these steps, project managers and teams can use this tool to identify patterns, themes, and issues that may not be immediately noticeable.

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1- John: Whenever I use affinity diagrams i feel one more step close to solving a problem. However i would appreciate an example of affinity diagram in this page. So we would be able to see the differences between what we use and what you shared here. That would be opportunity for us to improve our methods.