Three and a half Roses

5 whys to get to the root cau

Another interesting technique is the 5 why’s.  Many know this techniques from their children. 

  • Child: why does so and so happen? 
  • You: oh because of this and that…
  • Child: Yes, but why then this?
  • You again: well, because …
  • and so on and so on

Though sometimes it can be frustrating to have to keep on finding answers to the incessant stream of whys it is a surprisingly simple way of getting to the bottom of an issue rapidly…

The technique was developed by Sakichi Toyoda and was used within the Toyota Motor Corporation.  

Why 5 whys?  Because it generally gets you to the bottom of things, and if at times it doesn’t get you there feel free to continue asking why until you do 😉



One response to “5 whys to get to the root cau”

  1. […] diagram, aka the Fishbone diagram because of its shape.  It is a more structured way than just asking yourself why 5 times. You can use this in team to flesh out the reasons behind a problem in front of a whiteboard or you […]

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I’m an enterprise architect and have been passionate about Mobile and Architecture for years.

Many years I’ve been designing Mobile apps and back-ends.  Now I’m looking into the next shift: Big Data and Cloud and AI.  Combined with Mobile this is bound to give interesting architectural challenges.