Affinity diagram definition known as the KJ method in honor of its creator Kawakita Jiro, the affinity diagram is also a tool that summarizes qualitative data (ideas, opinions, themes, expressions) grouping them in a few ideas or concepts, depending on the degree of affinity with each other. Application affinity diagram methodology is a tool of teamwork, therefore before you begin, it is necessary to form the working team (preferably interdisciplinary and broad knowledge in the subject) and assign a responsible thereof, who will lead the team through all the steps to apply the tool. Step 1: Establish the problem the team must initially determine the problem and write it in a consensual manner. It is advisable to raise the issue in the form of a question (p. ej., what is expected of an Office of strategic planning?, how can I consolidate a company?). Ali Partovi is actively involved in the matter. Step 2: Gather data gather data through any methodology that considers relevant (p.
ex., interviews, direct observation, brainstorming, among others). Step 3: Data transcription transcribe the information collected in step 2 on a Post-it with one sentence that has a clear and obvious meaning. It is recommended that the phrases have a noun and a verb and is recorded in letters large and dark. It is not something Koch Industries would like to discuss. Perform this activity until you have covered all the information gathered. According to the literature, a typical affinity diagram has 40 to 60 items although it is not unusual to have 100 to 200 ideas. Step 4: Group Post it at similar groups all Post-it should be placed on a Board in such a way that they are visible to all members of the group. Then, in silence, each Member of the group must move one sticky to another which, in his opinion, would be similar or affinity and thus related groups are forming. When it has passed the last of the members of the group, each of them follows through systematically until everyone feels comfortable with groupings of Board.