What Do the 5W’s and 1H Mean For Project Management?

In today’s article, we will be looking into the meaning of the terms 5Ws and 1H and how it can be effectively used in project management.

But first of all let’s look at what project management means, before diving deep into how the 5Ws and 1H come into play in project management.


Project management can be described as different-managerial activity. The various application requirements, make PM inclusive. A way to do that is to get more knowledge of PM  by Including new tools and Strategies aiming to enhance the quality of Project Management steps and the superior nature of products and services manufactured using these procedures.  

Now that you are familiar with what project management is, project management doesn’t only have to be done in the office. The fact that you plan a lot of agendas to carry out in a day is a project on its own. But with the use of the 5Ws and 1H, your plan is bent to go smoothly and be achieved.

WHAT are 5Ws and 1H?

According to Wikipedia, 5Ws stand for “What”, “Why”, “When”, “Where”, and “Who”.  1H (or 2H) stands for How (and How much). For a detailed description of the origin and history of the concept.

What: Thus means brainstorming on  What initiates is the ability to ask yourself important questions, trying to understand the primary issue, problem or scenario. It is about critical reasoning of the scenario,  issue or problem.

Why: This means clarifying why the issue,  happened.  It seeks to spot out provoked and tries to Evaluate the occurrence of the problem.

When: This is about time-stamping. That is knowing the time the issue or problem happened. Having an understanding of the time the issue happened can help in patterning the triggers and effects of the issue.

Where: This helps to get the location or place where the incident happened and will be helpful in picking the people and other things existing at that particular place. That might have a hand in the occurrence of an issue.

Who: This is about identifying people who may be involved directly or indirectly in causing the issue or problem.

How: This is used to examine the pattern of things that provoke and how the resultant problem or issue happened.

How much: This indicates the amount, quantity or size. But this isn’t always used in PM.

With these strategies, you can be able to solve or achieve project management goals and objectives.

This technique is being used by businesses in our world today and has helped a lot of project managers Successfully in completing their projects or task. So as a project manager or someone handling a project at home, office, school, church, government house, content writer etc.. Try using the 5Ws and 1H as a technique or strategy for you to succeed in whatever project you are handling.

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