5 Reasons Why You Need to Utilize the 5 Whys Analysis

Why should you approach your problem solving using the 5 Whys Analysis method?

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The best courses out there are the ones that help students solve their problems. Enter the 5 Whys Analysis—a powerful problem-solving tool that seeks to determine the “root” of a problem by successively asking ‘Why?’. The 5 Whys Analysis consists of (of course) 5 steps:


  1. Identify the Problem. First, ask yourself: what problem(s) are you trying to solve through your online course?

  2. Identify the Cause Categories. Here’s where you’ll list the main cause(s) of this problem(s).

  3. Ask the First Why. Ask the question ‘why’ for each cause you listed above.

  4. Continue to Ask Why. Keep asking why (5 times doesn’t have to be the limit here—we can’t control your brain, anyways. So ask away!) Keep it up until you find what you believe to be the “root” cause of the problem.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary. Then, narrow your causes and solutions to what appears to be the root cause and its key solution.


And voilà, there you have it, the (very basic) breakdown of a 5 Whys Analysis.

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Now that we’ve outlined the basic steps of a 5 Whys Analysis, let’s get into the 5 reasons a 5 Whys Analysis is essential to building your most effective online course yet.


1. It’s Simple