An affinity diagram is a tool that is used to group ideas for a better overview after a brainstorming session.

Step-by-step approach:

  1. Transfer data onto cards or post-it notes
  2. Group the cards to find the “affinity”
  3. Label the groups of cards
  4. Group the Clusters (Optional)
  5. Draw the diagram
  6. Combine ideas into solutions

Practitioner’s Tip: To avoid long discussions, try the following: Whilst grouping the ideas, the participants are not allowed to talk to each other.