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The Five Ws activity is a rational method of questioning that makes it possible to gather information needed to respond to an issue. Participants can then develop a summary as a group.

Suggestions and variations

Add the ‘How much/how many’ dimensions to add a numerical dimension to the questioning:

  • How much/many? Resources, profits, losses, quantities, etc.
  • You can insert it after the How question

If you want to focus more on causality, we recommend looking at the 5 Whys activity.

If you have a lot of participants (more than 10), you can create sub-groups and assign each of them to a Board. A representative can present the summary to the others.

  • You can also set up an ideation session so that each sub-group can dig into a question.
Board / 
Canvas
30 to 60 min
2 to 30
Novice
Exploration
Gather information about an issue by asking the right questions.
Start and build a common and rational vision in order to respond to a problem.