Why Chain

Inspired by, and identical to, the “5 Whys”, with the ‘5’ dropped. The “5 Whys” helps people in understanding root cause analysis, where the ‘5’ acts as a set of training wheels to get people into the habit of continually asking “why” upon discovering an immediate answer to a problem.

By removing the number, the focus is shifted to the act that facilitates the process of discovery and analysis, rather than unwedging the bad habit of looking for an overly simplified answer: Just keep why-ing until you find the root cause – could take a few extra minutes, could take years…