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Kano Model Analysis

Delivering Products That Will Delight

Find the features that will make your customers rejoice.

Imagine the scene: your innovation team is excited about next year’s product upgrades. The ideas have been flowing and your people have come up with lots of new features for your firm’s best-selling product.

But, as project leader, you have some doubts. The cost of all the extra features will be considerable, and it will be very tough to deliver the finished product on budget and on time.

This is where a tool like the Kano Model can be useful. It’s a simple and versatile technique for deciding which features a product or service should have.

In this article, we look at the origins and details of the Kano Model, and explore a five-step guide for using it to help you to develop a product or service that will delight your customers – without bankrupting your business!

What is Kano Model Analysis?

The Kano Model of product development and customer satisfaction was published in 1984 by Dr Noriaki Kano, professor of quality management at the Tokyo University of Science.

Kano says that a product or service is about much more than just functionality. It is also about customers’ emotions. For example, all customers who buy a new car expect it to stop when they hit the brakes, but many will be delighted by its voice-activated parking-assist system.

The model encourages you to think about how your products relate to your customers’ needs, while moving from a «more is always better» approach to product development to a «less is more» approach.

Constantly introducing new features to a product can be expensive and may just add to its complexity without boosting customer satisfaction. On the other hand, adding one particularly attractive feature could delight customers and increase sales without costing significantly more.

How Does the Kano Model Work?

The model assigns three types of attribute (or property) to products and services:

1. Threshold Attributes (Basics). These are the basic features that customers expect a product or service to have.

For example, when you book into a hotel, you’d expect hot water and a bed with clean linen as an absolute minimum.

2. Performance Attributes (Satisfiers). These elements are not absolutely necessary, but they increase a customer’s enjoyment of the product or service.

Returning to our example, you’d be pleased to discover that your hotel room had free superfast broadband and an HD TV, when you’d normally expect to find paid-for wi-fi and a standard TV.

3. Excitement Attributes (Delighters). These are the surprise elements that can really boost your product’s competitive edge . They are the features that customers don’t even know they want, but are delighted with when they find them.

In your hotel room, that might be finding the complimentary Belgian chocolates that the evening turn-down service has left on the bed.

Figure 1, below, illustrates how the presence (or absence) of each of the three attributes in a product or service can affect customer satisfaction .

Figure 1 – The Kano Model

Diagram reproduced with permission from the Japanese Society for Quality Control. Original reference: »Noriaki KANO, Nobuhiko SERAKU, Fumio TAKAHASHI, and Shin-ichi TSUJI Attractive Quality and Must-Be Quality, Journal of the Japanese Society for Quality Control, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 147-156, 1984.»

You can see that, if a product’s features don’t meet a customer’s Threshold Attributes, his or her satisfaction levels will be very low. However, even if you fully deliver on these, you won’t impress customers that much.

Most products compete on Performance Attributes, where a customer weighs up one product against another and judges satisfaction by the availability of various features.

But she may discover an Excitement Attribute that really appeals to her, and gives her high satisfaction, even if it isn’t perfectly implemented.

Figure 2, below, shows how customers’ reactions to certain features (or the lack of them) can also have a negative or zero effect on satisfaction levels.

Figure 2 – A Development of the Kano Model

In the bottom right quadrant, you can see that a product with just Threshold Attributes, even if it has a number of them, may not even lead to an indifferent level of customer satisfaction.

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Customers begin to find your product attractive when you offer Performance Attributes, and it’s along this line, in the top right quadrant, that most organizations position their products in the market.

Excitement Attributes are the «wow factor» features that can give you a competitive advantage . These features can represent a good return on investment , because you don’t need many of them to generate high levels of customer satisfaction.

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How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety

A cognitive behavioral therapy approach.

Posted Oct 20, 2014


If you find yourself inhibited and anxious in a variety of social situations (speaking in front of a group, meeting new people, using public lockers or rest rooms, eating in public) and you fear that people will see your anxiety and that you will feel humiliated, then you may suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder. Many people with this problem will choose to avoid situations where they anticipate being anxious or they may use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate before entering these situations. Social anxiety is associated with increased risk for alcohol abuse, depression, loneliness, decreased occupational advancement and the increased likelihood of remaining single. You can complete the Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale and find out if you have symptoms that might indicate social anxiety.

The good news is that you can do something about it.

Cognitive behavioral therapists have made great advances for a drug-free approach to dealing with these problems. There is now considerable evidence that CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is an effective treatment for social anxiety. The therapy focuses on your behavior and what you are thinking. Let’s take a closer look at how this approach can help.

What are you avoiding?

The behavioral problem for people with social anxiety is the tendency to avoid anxiety-provoking situations. When a socially anxious individual anticipates going to a party, she becomes quite anxious—but, then, decides not to go and the anxiety immediately decreases. This reduction of anxiety with the decision to avoid the party (or to leave a party) reinforces avoidance (or escape). This simple “reward for avoidance” maintains the fear of negative social evaluation even when the person does not experience humiliation. For example, if I feel anxious thinking about approaching someone and then I decide to avoid talking with them, my anxiety immediately drops. This immediate decrease in anxiety teaches me, “In order to feel less anxious, avoid interacting with strangers.”

A key element of CBT is to help the individual practice approaching social situations and staying in them in order to learn that nothing really bad is going to happen and that their anxiety will subside. You also learn that you can do it and the willingness simply to confront your fears is empowering. You begin to realize, “I am the kind of person who can actually do this kind of thing.» The first step in helping people with social anxiety is to identify the situations that you are avoiding. You can make a list of the kinds of situations that you feel anxious in or avoid. For example, one person identified using a public rest room (where he was worried that people would observe him), meeting people at a party, speaking up at a meeting, and talking with a woman for the first time. What are the situations that provoke your anxiety? What are you likely to avoid? Make a list.

Set up a hierarchy of fear

For each situation you can identify how the situation could be rated in terms of levels of anxiety that you would experience. You can rate each anticipated behavior from 0 to 10 in terms of the level of anxiety that you might expect. 0 would correspond to no anxiety and 10 would be a panic attack. For example, the young man with the fear of meeting people at a party had the following hierarchy of fear, from least to highest: Thinking of going to the party (3), going to the party (5), walking into the room (6), seeing people in the room (6), deciding to start a conversation (8), talking with an attractive woman (9). It’s important to write down your predictions so that you can find out how anxious you really are when you go. Sometimes people find that they are not as anxious as they anticipated they would be.

Test your predictions

We often forget the fact that we cope better than we thought we would. This is a great opportunity to test out your specific predictions. As I mentioned above, you can write out how anxious you think you will be for each thing that you do? What is the level of the anxiety that you predict? How long will you remain that anxious? Specifically, what do you predict will happen. This is how you can test out your catastrophic fortune-telling. For example, a young man who was socially anxious predicted that he would have a level of anxiety at 9 for the entire duration of speaking with a woman at a party. He predicted that his mind would go blank and that he would be so anxious that he would have to leave. As it turned out, he was very anxious when he initiated a conversation, but once he was into the discussion his anxiety subsided to 3. He did not leave and, in fact, he had the impression that the woman he was talking to actually liked him. So be clear about what you are predicting so that you can find out if you are anticipating more than what actually happens. Keep an on-going record of your predictions.

Identify your safety behaviors and eliminate them

Many people who are anxious engage in superstitious behaviors that they think make them safer or less likely to humiliate themselves. These safety behaviors include self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, holding yourself very stiffly, avoiding eye contact, holding a glass tightly saw that people won’t see your hands shake, wiping your hands so that people won’t notice you are sweating, rehearsing verbatim exactly what you will say, and talking very fast. The problem with safety behaviors is that they are like the training wheels on a bicycle—they make you think that the only way you can get through these experiences is by using the training wheels. The more you can give up these behaviors the more powerful your experiences will be—“I did it without a drink” or “I did it without rehearsing everything.»

Challenge your anxious thoughts

You are often thinking about how badly things will go. For example, you predict that you will fall apart and make a fool of yourself. You predict that everyone will notice that you are sweating—and that they will all talk about it. You think it is a catastrophe that your mind will go blank. You can challenge these thoughts by asking yourself the following: “Have you really made a fool of yourself or are you just predicting the same thing over and over?” Is it possible that people don’t notice your sweating, because they are thinking about what they are going to say?” “What is the evidence that people talk about your anxiety? How do you know?” “Why would anyone really care if you are feeling anxious? How is it relevant to them?” “Have you ever noticed that someone else said, ‘I forgot what I was going to say’? Did anything terrible happen?” Argue back at these negative thoughts.

Practice doing what makes you anxious

Once you have identified the situations that make you anxious and you have rated the hierarchy from least to most anxious, you are ready to confront your fears. We find it helpful to start with “imagining” each step in the hierarchy. So, imagine that you are thinking of going to the party and stay with that image until your anxiety drops. Then move on to imagining the next step in the hierarchy. You can also remind yourself of your rational responses to your negative thoughts. For example, when you imagine walking into the party and the thought pops up, “Everyone can see I am anxious,» you can remind yourself that people have a very hard time noticing your internal feelings and that they are focusing on their own concerns (perhaps their own anxiety). Keep imagining and let the anxiety flow out and away.

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Then, you can start with “exposure”—practicing what you fear. Don’t take that extra drink: Instead, go to the party, walk in, notice that your anxiety might be there, acknowledge it and then say, “I am going to do this even if I am anxious.» It’s OK to be anxious when you do the exposure—that’s the point. You can learn that you can actually do things when you are anxious and there is no catastrophe.

I have been saying these things to people for years, and some reply, “Yeah, but what if my mind goes blank?” So, a number of years ago I decided to fake my mind going blank. I was giving a workshop on anxiety and I decided to make-believe my mind went blank and I announced, “My mind just went blank. What was I saying?” As you can imagine, no one seemed to care. Why should they? What is so bad for them if your mind goes blank?

In fact, it might be helpful to even exaggerate your anxious symptoms. For example, if you are afraid that people will notice that you are sweating then you can douse your shirt with water and go right in. So, people will notice you are sweating. Big deal. I’ll bet that almost every day when it is warm we notice people who are sweating. Why do we forget it? Because it is irrelevant.

Practice self-reward, not post-mortem

Socially anxious people often review their “performance” and criticize everything that they did. This “post-mortem” only adds to more anxiety about the next time. You can replace this post-mortem with a self-rewarding congratulation for facing your fears, doing what is difficult to do, and taking your life back one step at a time. Who deserves more congratulation than you for trying hard to confront what is difficult? Just trying, just going, just staying in, and just tolerating the discomfort are reasons for reward. Each time you face your fear, you win and fear loses.

Root Causes of Social Anxiety

As someone who occasionally experiences social anxiety, I find your suggestions only mildly satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried suggestions like yours before (you’re not the first one to make them) but they only work for me to a certain degree.

The problem with suggestions like: «Test your predictions,» and «Challenge your anxious thoughts,» is that they’re very logical, and fear doesn’t necessarily respond well to logic. I don’t necessarily care that things went better than I thought or that there was no evidence that people made fun of my idiosyncrasies. In hindsight, a social situation can still make me feel badly enough that I don’t want to go back; evidence be damned!

For me, social anxiety is a symptom of other underlying insecurities. They may consist of perfectionism, self-doubt, excessive self-consciousness, etc. I’d think it’s probably better to deal with the root causes rather than the symptoms.

I agree with this. Besides it

I agree with this. Besides it is not always that testing the predictions will always show that your anxiety doesn’t matter. People may and sometimes will reject you just because of your display of anxiety even if they are fascinated by your other qualities.

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It is true that we tend to become prisoners of our thoughts, beliefs and inner stories, but what is it that keeps those stories alive? We need to understand that thoughts are actually nothing more than the product of an underlying emotion and fear, and this is what must change. Habitual negative thoughts certainly feed the emotion but they are not the cause of the emotion.

What really ignites the healing process for anxiety and depression is when we learn to change our relationship to our emotions. What stops anxiety changing is our resistance and avoidance. When you cultivate a genuine relationship based on mindfulness, consciousness and compassion with your anxiety, then you create the right internal conditions in which healing and change will occur.

Relationships are very

Relationships are very important in our lives. After my partner left me 6 months ago, I’ve depressed so much. I don’t know who to turn to.

I’ve wondering the internet looking for answers for my problems, yet I cannot find anything that answers my questions. Then my friend, Liza, told me my day about a website she has seen the day before:

They seem to be talking about a new form of depression treatment. Anyone got experience with this kind of depression treatment?

beta blockers

have you tried beta blockers to help with the physical symptoms? I have been seeing it suggested by many across the web and by some people I know who are very good presenters.

Social anxiety

I agree with Kenii 100%. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of what will happen in the future. «Evidence». Unless you deal with the underlying cause of anxiety the advice given by the author of this article is useless! Tried it, doesn’t work! I should become my own therapist.

Social anxiety

Kenii, I completely appreciate your comments and most clients that I encounter with social anxiety say exactly the same thing. This is why CBT for social anxiety does in fact differ from the standard ‘exposure’ principles that underpin other anxiety treatments. Instead of just exposing yourself to your worst fears and realising ‘hey there’s nothing to worry about,’ most clients undergo a series of very explicit behavioural experiments during their sessions with therapists.

The first of these experiments involves the client making predictions about how they will perform in recorded conversation between themselves and a stooge. These predictions normally feature something about feeling very self-conscious and this coming across to the stooge. At that point it’s all about being specific, asking yourself ‘How will I be able to recognise myself coming across as self-conscious/ socially incompetent when watching the video?’ i.e. What visual/ auditory signals of anxiety will demonstrate this to me, e.g. stammering, going red, sweating, evading eye contact, long pauses etc.

Two conditions are then recorded, one where the client does what they would normally do to protect themselves in social situations (i.e. the safety behaviours mentioned by Dr Leahy), and one condition where the client tries to shift their focus of attention to external stimuli in the room (this looks at prominent feature of social anxiety, that is paying excessive attention to oneself and our physical symptoms of anxiety that then manifest). The conclusion that most clients draw once reviewing the recordings is that a) they don’t exhibit the signals to the same extent that they anticipated they would/ felt like they did, AND b) that these symptoms were even further lessened when the client deliberately paid attention to external stimuli.

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The second experiment involves actually going in to a social situation, and deliberately carrying out the client’s worse fears, i.e. stammering, sweating, falling over, in a social situation and then learning that because everyone (even people without clinical social anxiety) is so preoccupied by their own lives and own worrisome thoughts, they are (in 99.99% of all circumstances) oblivious to their ‘mishaps’ altogether.

These two experiments are quite extreme, but they really help to properly demonstrate to client’s the truly are overestimating the threat of social situations, as well as underestimating their ability to cope — because that’s what makes anxiety a problem, that leads to avoidance, as described by Dr. Leahy.

I did CBT and it is very

I did CBT and it is very useful to some degree. But it has its limits and it is when your predictions are better than the actual results. Mind going blind during oral exam, for example, will show you that you did very poorly when you get the official results despite your post-performance beliefs that you did quite well.

Doing poorly in an exam can

Doing poorly in an exam can certainly cause anxiety, perhaps not social anxiety. Your examiner and yourself would likely be the only 2 people during that oral exam that would have really noticed your performance that day, and your examiner would have interpreted it solely from an academic perspective, whereas you may have been critical of yourself in other, more subjective angles.

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Social Anxiety is something we all face whether the case is mild or severe. Almost everyone feels anxiety in acute cases such as public speaking or trying something new. On the other end of the spectrum, people have a hard time even being around other people. The solution for both types of situations is relatively simple. Allow yourself to face one situation that makes you anxious. Just try one situation. you will be surprised at the self-satisfaction you will receive for making it through the situation. After this, you will have more confidence to face other situations an lessen the impact that social anxiety has on your life.

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I find that the best treatment for social anxiety and even the fear of public speaking is practice (CBT) in combination with beta blockers in low doses such as propranolol 5mg-10mg. I’ve had life changing results joining Toastmasters and using beta blockers for social anxiety. You can either get it from a doctor or a site like which many colleagues have suggested. Hope this helps someone like it has helped me!

I can also vouch for Block The Fear ( for social anxiety. Definitely great advice, thanks!


I can also vouch for Block The Fear ( for social anxiety. Definitely great advice, thanks!

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I have used beta blockers to help with public speaking in a similar manner as jacob has suggested. It definitely keeps away the prespeech shivers.


What dosage is recommended for a beginner using it for public speaking?

dosage question

What dosage is recommended for a beginner using it for public speaking?

It’s always best to start low such as with 5mg propranolol to gauge its effects on your body. It is relatively safe, but you need to figure out how sensitive you are to it. When I first used it, I took 15mg and it made my eyes red which made me look funny. Now, I just take 5mg or so. Whoever suggested thank you, I have been looking for a place like this.

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I’ve been struggling with anxiety my whole life. I’ve been on and off medication since I was a teenager. I have recently been confronting the anxious messages that has been keeping me prisoner for years. Very few of my high anxiety experiences and panic attacks were ever fully about my present experience, but were stored experiences that were aroused by the present circumstances to create turmoil in the present. Once I learned how to sooth my inner emotional self, I started to become calm and the panic attacks slowed, nearly stopped. Although I still have work to do, I am much stronger for having come this far. You will be too. Check it out.

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I didnt change overnight, it was a gradual process and I suggest you start now. This is how it happend ,i purchased a LOT of self-help books on the internet, some were useful and some were crap, but reading self-help books changed my BELIEF SYSTEMS, reading a self-help book for 30 mins per day was like a 30 min hypnosis session, so imagine 30 min for 30 days. It had a massive effect on my life, EVEN THOUGH I RARELY APPLIED THE TECHNIQUES OUTLINED IN EACH SELF HELP BOOK I READ IS STILL REACHED THE CHANGE I WANT IN LIFE BECAUSE LIKE I SAID BEFORE READING HAS A HYPNOTIC EFFECT.

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