5Ws and H

Meaning & Definition

The phrase 5 Ws and H refer to the six fundamental questions to ask while collecting information or addressing an issue. The following are the questions:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

The purpose of this strategy is to get a correct response to each question. Answers to all six questions should provide clarity to whatever the questioner is attempting to find, whether it is the solution to a problem, the solution to a riddle, or even the best approach to construct a product.

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