# 6 W Method
|Motive||To get a fundamental understanding of the issue at hand.|
|Participants||Design Thinking team|
# What is it about?
In the 6 W method you ask basic questions about the situation or scenario. The questions are Who? Why? What? When? Where? How?
# The goal
By using this method, a new situation should become assessable and help the team to achieve a common basic understanding of the situation. This promotes common communication and prevents misunderstandings.
# How to do it?
- Formulate questions using the 6 W.
- Identify the people involved.
- Identify and list relevant actions.
- Identify and list all relevant locations.
- Identify and list critical time factors.
- Identify and list reasons for action.
- Identify and list past events.
- Investigate the connections and interactions between the information obtained.
# When do you need it?
The method is recommended whenever context and circumstances are fairly unknown and little information is available.
- Pen and paper
# Keep in mind
It should be noted that answers from individual members to the questions may be subjective. In order to form a common basis, it is necessary to communicate within the team.
# See also
|Previous methods||Alternative methods||Following methods|
Curedale: Design Thinking: process and methods manual Design Community College Inc. ISBN: 9780988236240.