"Who doesn't love brainstorming sessions? They’re fun to do. The real trick though, once your wall is plastered in all those sticky notes, is to organize the volumes of information you’ve generated into clear themes or trends. Here’s a technique that I find brilliantly helpful for doing just that, whether I’m filtering ideas, or synthesizing ethnographic research …⠀
The “affinity process” will help you organize information fragments (ideas, insights, observations, comments, or other data) into named themes. How to do it:⠀
(1) Gather the fragments. Transcribe them to individual Post-It notes on a whiteboard, or paste them into individual cells in a spreadsheet column.
(2) Group the fragments. Read them over and look for connections and patterns. Group together fragments based on affinities they seem to share. You may also choose to group together groups, creating a hierarchy of categories.
(3) Label the groups. Write a name or phrase that describes each group’s affinity.⠀
What technique or steps do you use to organize and synthesize large volumes of information? #recruitinglife" 📷: @christiandepape