Fishbone Diagrams

The Fishbone Diagram (also called Ishikawa Diagram, Cause and Effect Diagram) got its name from its similarity of its shape to that of a fish skeleton. The Ishikawa Diagram relates to the seven basic tools of measurement, evaluation, control, and improvement of a production processes. Fishbone Diagrams are used to study, to display graphically, and analyze multiplicity of causes that influence the occurrence of a problem being solved and their impact.

The Fishbone Ishikawa Diagram finds its application in various fields of industry and manufacturing. These diagrams are especially popular in strategic planning to identify key success factors. In quality management systems these diagrams are used to highlight the causes that have led to a decline in quality of services or product, as well to improve the competitiveness of services and products.

The methods used to construct Ishikawa diagrams are easy to apply to real practical situations faced by business analysts in a study of problem situations arising in company activities. The illustration starts with a formulation and then the definition of a problem. From this information is built a fish spine - a horizontal line with fish bones that are the groups of factors which impact the occurrence of the problem. The identifying of causes is a very popular brainstorming activity.

The Fishbone Diagrams solution extends ConceptDraw PRO v10 software with the ability to easily draw the Fishbone Diagrams (Ishikawa Diagrams) to clearly see the cause and effect analysis and also problem solving. The vector graphic diagrams produced using this solution can be used in whitepapers, presentations, datasheets, posters, and published technical material.


There is 1 library containing 13 vector objects in the Fishbone Diagrams solution.

Design Elements — Fishbone Diagrams

Design Elements — Fishbone Diagrams

Examples

The samples on this page were created using ConceptDraw PRO and the Fishbone Diagram solution. These samples demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities and the results that can be generated with the Fishbone Diagram Solution.

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Example 1: Fishbone Diagram — Causes of Low-Quality Output

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Fishbone Diagrams Library from the Fishbone Diagram Solution. An experienced user spent 30 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram using the Fishbone Diagrams Solution shows the most common causes and effects that occur when assembling a cause-and-effect analysis session.

Example 2: Fishbone Diagram — Educational Template

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Fishbone Diagrams Library from the Fishbone Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 30 minutes creating this template.

This template diagram is created using the Fishbone Diagrams Solution. It contains a typical structure you can fill-in to get started with a Fishbone Diagram. There are callout tips on the template so you can get quickly started.

Example 3: Fishbone Diagram — Factors Reducing Competitiveness

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Fishbone Diagrams Library from the Fishbone Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram from the Fishbone Diagrams Solution visualizes the most frequent causes and effects that can occur when developing a business.

Example 4: Fishbone Diagram — Bad Coffee

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Fishbone Diagrams Library from the Fishbone Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram using the Fishbone Diagram Solution visualizes the potential factors that cause an overall effect, making it possible to solve the problem. It is an excellent idea to use the clipart on the fishbone diagram to make it bright, interesting and attractive.

Example 5: Fishbone Diagram — Production Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Fishbone Diagrams Library from the Fishbone Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram using the Fishbone Diagram Solution shows factors that are the possible causes of a problem and the relationships among these factors. It’s very useful and convenient to add color accents on the fishbone diagram for a bigger impact.