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Affinity Diagram | PMP® Planning Tools that you should know

Affinity Diagram

Affinity Diagram is a technique that allows large number of ideas classified into groups for review and analysis.

Where Applied?

Within the PMBOK® Guide, Affinity Diagram technique is used in the following processes:

PROCESSES

KNOWLEDGE AREA

PROCESS GROUPS

Collect Requirements

Project Scope Management

Planning

Manage Quality

Project Quality Management

Executing

Collect Requirements

Affinity diagrams allow large number of ideas to be classified into groups for review and analysis. As an example, the figure shows a set of techniques grouped under heads like creativity techniques and decision making techniques. In turn they belong to a master group tools and techniques –  “Collect Requirements”

Affinity lablel
Collect Requirement

Manage Quality

In the below figure, the Affinity diagram is given cost of quality under the heads of Conformance Vs Non-Conformance. This further helps to identify the area that should be focused first for improvement, so that the investment on quality is justifiable

Manage Quality

References:

PMBOK® GUIDE SIXTH EDITION

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