1. Order is a produced orderliness
2. Parties produce order in a specific context
3. Parties orient that order without any external influence
4. Order is repetitive and frequent
5. The analyst's task is to discover, describe, and analyse the produced orderliness.
6. The analyst has to ignore issues of how frequent specific phenomena occur. His task is to discover, describe, and analyse the structures, the machinery, the organized practices, and the formal procedures in which order is produced.
7. Once the analyst has determined structures of social action, he can describe those in different terms related to structure, organization, logic, consistency, etc.
1. Try to use a substantial corpus of data which has not been pre-selected with any particular notion, expectation or hypothesis in mind and try to work with complete, start-to-finish recordings of events to be investigated
2. Try to make complete and detailed transcriptions of the recordings
3. Starting with an arbitrarily or purposively selected part of the transcript, work through the transcript in terms of a restricted set of analytically distinguished but interlocking "organizations": turn-taking organization, sequence organization, repair organization, and the organization of turn-design.
4. The task is to specify practice/action couplings available in the data. The researcher can do it in a variety of practical formats, as remarks, codes, observations.
5. Try to formulate some general observations, statements, or rules that tentatively summarize what has been seen.
6. Then, do the same with another piece of data in order to rework the summary as it has been revised with the additional data.