Force Field Analysis - Force Field Map

Understanding change/goals

foundation-culture-and-collaboration loop position

No. People



30-60 min




As diverse as possible

This practice is part of: Product Ownership.

What is it?

This is a simple way for evaluating the forces pro and con that are at play with regards to certain change. Typically, this is a change the organization is interested in or faces.

This is a method coming from the field of Social Science and developed by Kurt Lewin.

Dave Gray has introduced a map (Force Field Map), which provides an excellent canvas for having a conversation with all participants in front of a flipchart or whiteboard.

Force Field Analysis Canvas

Why use it?

  • Change cannot be managed. It can only be facilitated. To facilitate something one has to build sufficient understanding of it
  • Organizational systems are complex systems and require system thinking for their understanding. Force field analysis is a way to open the door to systems thinking in situations where organisations are going through change
  • Provides a good understanding of the environment, which in turn could allow for Lean Change Management practices to be used for facilitating the change process
  • Lean Change Management
  • Blast Radius
  • Lean Coffee
  • Open Space


Kurt Lewin - Force Field Analysis

Further information

Force Field Analysis on Wikipedia

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