Force Field Analysis
To understand the forces that drive or restrain your solutions.
To perform a Force Field Analysis:
Step 1: Go to the Forces tool.
Step 2: Identify and list the forces that would promote a successful solution – driving forces.
Step 3: Identify and list the forces that would hinder it – restraining forces.
Step 4: Assign a score to each force; from a small to a large driving force (+1 to +5) or a small to a large restraining force (-1 to -5).
Step 5: Represent a potential solution to your problem as a horizontal line across the middle of the page.
Step 6: Draw arrows in relation to the scale assigned to each factor. Draw driving forces as up arrows and restraining forces as down arrows.
Step 7: Analyze the force field diagram. It is usually more effective to eliminate or diminish the restraining forces than it is to strengthen the driving forces.
Conceptual Diagram of a Force Field Analysis: