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Force Field Analysis

What It Is Used For

  • To show how process variables or factors impact the process status quo.

When to Use It

  • When looking at a complex situation to organize the variables that affect the situation in one direction or another.

Important Notes

  • Arrows are drawn to signify the forces pushing on an issue or situation. The relative size of each arrow should be adjusted to indicate its relative impact on the issue.
  • Parties from all aspects of the issue or situation should be involved in setting up the force field.

Example Force Field Analysis