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Four Basic Tools for Organizing and Quantifying “Idea Data” – Part 1 – Basic Tools Appearing in Summer 1994 Newsletter

Abstract: There are often times when we need to collect information that does not start out as quantifiable data, but rather the “data” available is more likely to be ideas. This “idea data” usually comes from the collective experiences, opinions, and creative thoughts of a group of people working toward a common goal. This “Basic Tools” paper discusses a process, using four important tools, that can help collect, organize, and quantify “idea data.” In particular, part 1 of this paper focuses on affinity diagrams and interrelationship digraphs.

Keywords: affinity diagrams - interrelationship digraph

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