5 Whys template

Clearly analyze and understand the root of a problem or issue.

The 5 Whys template is a simple brainstorming tool that helps to identify the root causes of a problem. Starting with an initial problem, you ask “Why” until you narrow in on one key issue that you can focus your efforts and attention on.

About the 5 Whys template

Why use the 5 Whys approach?

The 5 Whys framework allows you to have a focused discussion so you don’t get distracted by other topics. You simply start with a problem statement, examine why that problem exists, then continue moving through each problem until you identify a core issue that you can act upon. Keep in mind that it might not always take five rounds—just go through the activity until you arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.

How do you use the Miro 5 whys template?

You can involve team members by asking them questions in chat or @mentioning them in comments. Use sticky notes to call out issues that are particularly important or require follow-up. You may also want to color-code the sticky notes depending on the urgency or severity of the problem or whose role it will be to take the next step.

Easy to use

Easy to use

Save time by using our pre-made 5 Whys template instead of creating your own from scratch. Get started by signing up for free to update it with your own information.

Built-in collaboration

Built-in collaboration

Invite your team members to collaborate on your new 5 Whys template. Miro enables you to engage co-located and remote teams on a virtual whiteboard, without constraints.

Seamless sharing

Seamless sharing

Need to share your 5 Whys template with others? Miro has multiple exporting options, like saving to PDF.

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