Design Methods #25 – KJ Technique

Nov 16 2014 Published by Neil Gains under design

KJ technique is a way of helping teams work through a problem (or data) and reach a consensus about key priorities. The technique is also referred to as Affinity Diagram, referring to the output from the approach. Although the idea of grouping ideas and prioritisation is not new to the world, the approach was developed and adopted as a planning tool in Total Quality Management by Jiro Kawakita, a Japanese anthropologist. The technique focuses on building consensus, helping a group to organise complicated ideas and information through consensus over the course of a team meeting. Read more »

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