Using Fishbone Diagrams for Problem Solving
Problems are obstacles and challenges that one should overcome to reach the goal. They are an inseparable part of any business, and the success of an enterprise often depends on ability to solve all problems effectively. The process of problem solving often uses rational approach, helping to find a suitable solution. It is important to have a well-developed sequence of actions when difficulties happen, in order to make right decisions. For instance, if the result of some manufacturing process is unsatisfactory, that means that there has been a violation of production conditions, and it is necessary to detect and correct the causes to enhance the quality. Wrong decision can only temporarily cover up a problem and may end up in dire consequences. The steps to solve a problem are generally similar.
First you should accurately define the problem. For instance, “employees work poorly” is far from exact definition and solving a problem like that will prove difficult. Then you need to try to find the root of the problem. Your next step is to find all possible options, the more - the better. You should then rank the solutions you've found, considering time, cost and complexity of implementation. Finally, after you put your decision to practice, it is important to collect the feedback – the information about the real effectiveness of the measures taken.
There are many tools to facilitate the above steps. Using Fishbone Diagrams for Problem Solving is a productive and illustrative tool to identify the most important factors causing the trouble. To create this diagram, you need to define general types of possible causes like Methods, Machinery, Persons, Materials, Measurements or Environment and write them down as “bones” attaching them to “fish spine”.
It is worth noting that depending on the complexity of the problem, determining the correct correlation of its causes may prove to be difficult. Another disadvantage of this quality tool is the physical limits of the media (paper, whiteboard, etc.) on which the diagram is built.
Using Fishbone Diagrams for Problem Solving is a productive and illustrative tool to identify the most important factors causing the trouble. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM extended with Fishbone Diagrams solution from the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park is a powerful tool for problem solving with Fishbone Ishikawa diagram graphic method.
Example 1. Using Fishbone Diagrams for Problem Solving
Your organization may choose to apply Fishbone diagram for problem solving using the cause-and-effect analysis. Construct Fishbone diagram and identify many possible causes for an effect for attack complex problems solving.
Example 2. Fishbone Diagrams Solution in ConceptDraw STORE
Use the predesigned objects and templates, illustrative examples and samples offered by Fishbone Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM to draw Ishikawa diagrams for effective problem solving.
Example 3. Fishbone Diagram - Inability to Meet Project Deadlines
The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM using the tools of the Fishbone Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 5-10 minutes creating each of these samples.
Use the Fishbone Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Solution Park for quick and easy drawing Fishbone Diagrams, and succeed using Fishbone Diagrams for problem solving.
All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw STORE. The Fishbone Diagrams Solution is available for all ConceptDraw DIAGRAM or later users.
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Identify the root causes of quality issues with Fishbone diagram. Because Fishbone diagram is hierarchical it is well-suited for capturing in a mind map for reviewing process towards proving which branch is the real root cause of an issue.
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Any project is a complex system which rarely goes without some problems, even the most minor. But the success of the project mostly depends from the ability effectively solve appearing problems. There are many methods for problem solving, one of the most effective is the use a Fishbone diagram to attack complex problems.
Use ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming software with Fishbone Diagrams Solution to attack any complex problems with fishbone diagrams graphic method. Construct Fishbone diagram to help users brainstorm and break down a complex problem.
Picture: Use a Fishbone Diagram to Attack Complex Problems
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software enhanced with Fishbone Diagrams solution from the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park gives the ability to draw Fishbone diagram, which identifies many possible causes for an effect for problem solving. Fishbone Diagram procedure of creation includes the set of steps easy for execution in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM.
Picture: Fishbone Diagram Procedure
A Venn diagram, sometimes referred to as a set diagram, is a diagramming style used to show all the possible logical relations between a finite amount of sets. In mathematical terms, a set is a collection of distinct objects gathered together into a group, which can then itself be termed as a single object. Venn diagrams represent these objects on a page as circles or ellipses, and their placement in relation to each other describes the relationships between them.
The Venn diagram example below visualizes the the class of language inclusions described by the Chomsky hierarchy.
Picture: Venn Diagram Examples for Problem Solving. Computer Science. Chomsky Hierarchy
The ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Planogram Software and Retail Plan Software offers powerful tools of Enterprise Architecture Diagrams Solution for visualization the market analysis and easy making successful Retail Plans and Planograms with useful detailed recommendations about placing products and optimization the shelf space.
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Fishbone diagrams work for most entrepreneurs and almost any industry or person having a problem. Professional diagramming software may help you create Fishbone (Cause and Effect or Ishikawa) diagrams. When people are unclear about what is causing an issue, ConceptDraw DIAGRAM will be your lifesaver.
When to use a Fishbone diagram? Originally developed as a quality control tool, you may find a Fishbone diagram helpful when used in many cases, such as to analyze a complex problem when there are many causes, for identifying all possible root causes for an effect or a problem, when you need different point of view to look on a problem, to uncover bottlenecks and identify where and why a process doesn't work, for acceleration a process when traditional ways of problem solving consume many time.
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A more detailed mind map that organizes documents required for a product proposal.
Picture: Product Proposal Documents Expanded
Visual information is easier to perceive. You can teach even a child to make diagrams with a good flowchart example that would be interesting for it. Flowcharts can be fun, it’s not about business processes or programming algorithms.
This flowchart shows step by step process of manufacturing of Nixtamal The product which is obtained by processing maize with calcium hydroxide. We must assume that the Aztecs were very fond of this product, if the recipe of its production came to our times. This flow chart was designed using ConceptDraw DIAGRAM with its solution for designing flowcharts of various types, sizes and purposes. ConceptDraw Flowcharts solution consists from the library of flowchart symbols, containing the set vector objects. Also there are a lot of diverse templates and samples of flow charts.
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