An abductive technique that is a loose and unstructured diagram that is used to connect related and unrelated information, opinions, problems, solutions, ideas together through open-ended thought. Essentially a loosely organized affinity diagram with the purpose of filling in the gaps and making new connections.
When to Use
- Use to document ideas and notes to attempt to fill in the gaps to generate new ideas, find new relationships, find new opportunities , or capture new hypotheses.
- Capture each specific note and place on a physical or digital board.
- Group notes by relationship.
- Name the groups. If appropriate draw lines between groups to show additional relationships.
- Generate additional ideas related to groups.
- Look to connect relationships between groups. If there’s not a direct connection, consider what idea or note that could fit in between the two groups.
Created by: Joe Steinkamp | Last updated by: Joe Steinkamp