Affinity Diagram Example: Staff Morale Affinity Diagram

The best way to understand Affinity Diagram is to look at some examples of Affinity Diagram and start drawing your own. You can now modify the Affinity Diagram example below using Visual Paradigm's online Affinity Diagram tool.

How to Conduct Affinity Analysis?

Affinity diagrams are typically born out of brainstorming sessions. Brainstorming is the act of discussing with a group or team a theme with the intent of generating ideas to solve a problem. Unlike traditional brainstorming sessions, a brainstorming session held during the affinity diagram process should be done in silence. This encourages independent thinking among participants.

Use it to generate, organize, and consolidate information related to a product, process, complex issue, or problem. After generating ideas, group them according to their affinity, or similarity.

There are five steps to the affinity diagram process:

  • Generate - create ideas, typically involves brainstorming.
  • Collect - Record each idea and give it a name on a separate card for everyone involved to review.
  • Organize - begin placing the ideas into columns.
  • Consolidate - Combine groups into super group, if appropriate.
  • Visualize - create an affinity diagram representing the results.

How to create an Affinity Diagram?

Visual Paradigm Online features an Affinity Diagram tool and a set of pre-made Affinity Diagram templates. You can create a diagram from a template or from scratch by following the steps below:

  1. Create a blank Affinity Diagram.
  2. The palette on the left lists the Affinity Diagram shapes available. Drag and drop the shapes you need onto the diagram and connect them with connectors.
  3. Save your finished work (File > Save as) to our cloud repository for future access, or to export your diagram as image (JPG, PNG, PDF, SVG, etc) and share it with your co-workers.

Create Affinity Diagram with Powerful Online Free Software

Creating an affinity diagram is a good first step for organizing seemingly disconnected information. It can be traditional way (i.e. using sticky notes or cards) or online software if you want to make it digital, especially involve remote members.

Visual Paradigm's free affinity diagram tool makes it easy and quick to create affinity diagrams. The affinity diagram tool comes with an extensive collection of shapes and connectors. Together with the intuitive editing features like drag-and-drop and alignment guide, you can create professional affinity diagrams maps easily.

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