KJ Analysis is Sweeping The Company!

Jared Spool

November 12th, 2007

A while back, I wrote about a question our friend Cheryl had about the KJ technique.

Recently, Cheryl got back to me about her company’s reaction:

A few months back you kindly responded to my inquiry about facilitating a KJ Analysis session. The team did a great job and I was relieved as a couple of the team’s members could have easily hijacked the agenda. As you pointed out, by not allowing any discussion until the end of the process, the team — the entire team — was able to talk about the important stuff.

Within a week of facilitating that exercise, I was contacted by a several colleagues who were going to be leading a similar team exercise and had heard through the grapevine how well our activity went using the KJ Technique. I shared what I had learned from your presentation and my own facilitator notes (basically index cards with keywords so I would remember what to do next). I didn’t think to much about until yesterday, my Senior Manger made a comment about the KJ technique sweeping the company. I guess a lot of teams have adopted it as a means to brainstorm and prioritize without spiralling into the black hole of fruitless discussion.

So, thanks Jared! You get another (because I must assume you receive so many) pat on the back. Once again I was able to take something from one of your virtual seminars and put it to work!

Thanks, Cheryl!

Have you had good (or not-so-good) results from something you’ve learned from us? We’d love to hear about it.

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