Aim of method usage:
  • reduce complexity
  • describe function
  • determine requirements
  • identify error
  • define goals
Method classification:
  • Methods for analysis and aims
  • Methods for solution generation
Process phase:
  • clarifying the task

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The w-question-method helps analyzing problems and tasks by asking the w-questions: Who?, What? Why? What for? Where? When? With what? How? How many?
Asking those questions helps dividing complex task or problems into ist major components, checking definitions of problems or recognizing correlations on a higher level.


  1. General overview: first, get a general idea of the topic or the problem.
  2. System analysis with w-questions: with the w-questions analyze the topic in detail, take it apart and thus recognize details and relations with ease. Example: Who was part of it? Who is meant to use it?
  3. Documentation: Write down all answers to the questions and summarize your results.

Strengths and weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
  • quick, fast and cost-effective application
  • thinking barriers can be overcome
  • good overview of problems
  • visual and structural processing
  • aproach is very abstract
  • person asking questions needs to be sensitive
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