Reliability of affinity diagrams

14 Feb 2008 - 4:41pm
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oliver green

Hi all,

Is there any way to test the "reliability" of affinity diagrams?



15 Feb 2008 - 8:43am
Todd Roberts

The way I've built them, using the process described in Rapid Contextual
Design, has been collaboratively with other designers (and sometimes other
stakeholders). This incorporates a degree of reliability into the process,
as the understanding of the data evolves towards a sort of consensus. I
suppose you could have multiple groups build an affinity diagram off the
same dataset and see how they compare if you are really concerned that the
multiple groups interpret data in the same way, though I'm not sure you
would want or need them to.

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM, oliver green <oliverhci at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Is there any way to test the "reliability" of affinity diagrams?
> Thanks,
> Oliver
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15 Feb 2008 - 10:31am

We develop Affinity Diagrams in an FDD manner with all stakeholders in the
room at once, (very tedious and I'm not sure this is the best use of
everyones time), but it does get everyone's input.

Now testing these diagrams, what would you test them against? Requirements?
Prototypes? Data sets?

Like Todd's info post we rely on different stakeholderrs input upfront. We
do revise the diagrams after protyping if inconsistencies come up, (pretty
rare as AD's are more the "What" then the "How").

Possibly your question could be rephrased as is there any way to test
requirements, and from an interface perrspective this could be done via a

Joseph Rich Rogan
President UX/UI Inc.

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