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 😉