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When To Use a Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone diagrams work for most entrepreneurs and almost any industry or person having a problem. It also named as Cause and Effect diagram or Ishikawa diagram or Cause and Effect fishbone diagram. To create it with automated diagram software use ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software. It helps illustrate and visualize an issue and it's structure, 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 next cases:

  • improving problem solving in common and keep focus on
  • to analyze a complex problem with many causes;
  • when you need different point of view to look on a problem;
  • to identify possible root causes for an effect or a problem;
  • to uncover bottlenecks and identify issue where and why a process doesn't work;
  • to accelerate thinking process when traditional ways of problem solving are time consuming,
  • great mind motivator to attack complex problem and uncover creative approach,
  • an typical examples are: how solve manufacturing problems,
  • applying it on Seven Basic Tools of Quality methodology

How to Construct a Fishbone Diagram

Constructing a diagram started with templates and use design elements to visually support the process of Cause and Effect Analysis. The problem visualized as the fish's head and the causes as fishbones. Head is facing to the right and the causes extending to the left. The ribs branch off the backbone for major causes, with sub-branches for root-causes, to as many levels as required. Lets look an examples...

When To Use a Fishbone Diagram *

Example 1. When To Use a Fishbone Diagram

When you need create a Fishbone diagram as quickly as possible, you can use one of ConceptDraw templates. Fishbone templates are offered in large quantity by Fishbone Diagrams solution at ConceptDraw STORE, moreover for both ConceptDraw DIAGRAM and ConceptDraw MindMap applications.

You can draw a Cause and Effect diagram fully at ConceptDraw DIAGRAM If you prefer to use brainstorming technique when creating, you can use the ConceptDraw MindMap application and then output your mind map as Fishbone diagram to ConceptDraw DIAGRAM document.

Fishbone Diagram - HAN Project

Example 2. Well Constructed Fishbone Diagram - HAN Project

Fishbone Diagrams Solution provides also variety of samples and examples of Fishbone diagrams, and Fishbone Diagrams library with predesigned vector objects for self-drawing.

You can also benefit from the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM wide export capabilities, just a few seconds you can export your Ishikawa diagram to PDF, PPT, HTML, Visio, or any from variety of graphic formats.

Export Fishbone Diagram to PDF, PPT, HTML and Visio

Example 3. Export Fishbone Diagram to PDF, PPT, HTML and Visio

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM using the predesigned objects from the Fishbone Diagrams library. They show some cases when to use a Fishbone Diagram is effective and reasonable. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating each of these samples.

Use the tools of Fishbone Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Solution Park to draw quick, easy and effective your own Ishikawa 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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Relations Diagram →

Identify how factors influence each other. Factors mostly influencing called “Drivers” Primarily affected factors called “Indicators”. Problem solving further focuses on changing driver factors by corrective actions. Indicator factors help establish KPI (Key Performance Indicators) to monitor changes and the effectiveness of corrective actions in resolving a problem.Relations Diagram *
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Technology Blog →

A mindmap organizing blog posts that cover a variety of topics for a technology blog.Technology Blog *
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Ishikawa Diagram →

In almost every sphere of life and work the people time to time are faced with the fact that on their way there are certain obstacles and problems. But it is not always possible to identify the true cause of particular problem. To understand the basic causes of problems and eliminate them, it is convenient to use the chart of Kaoru Ishikawa - the technique specially designed for this. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software extended with Fishbone Diagrams solution from the Management area can help you with construction the Fishbone Diagram also known as Ishikawa Diagram. Ishikawa Diagram shows factors of Equipment, Process, People, Materials, Environment and Management, all affecting the overall problem in one drawing for the further analysis. It is a well effective way to analyze the business problems you must identify and solve.Ishikawa Diagram *
Picture: Ishikawa Diagram
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Home Electrical Plan →

Planning and construction of any building begins from the designing its floor plan and a set of electrical, telecom, piping, ceiling plans, etc. Solutions of Building Plans Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park can effectively help you develop all these plans. Let's design the Home Electrical Plan in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM quick and easy.Home Electrical Plan
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Spa Floor Plan →

Designing Spa Floor Plan? What can be easier for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM users? Use the tools of Gym and Spa Area Plans solution from Building Plans area of ConceptDraw Solution Park to depict any of your ideas for the Spa Floor Plan.Spa Floor Plan *
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Quality Control →

Using mind mapping for quality management is a creative approach that allows one to structure all key quality points on the one page.Quality Control *
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Process Flowchart →

When trying to figure out the nature of the problems occurring within a project, there are many ways to develop such understanding. One of the most common ways to document processes for further improvement is to draw a process flowchart, which depicts the activities of the process arranged in sequential order — this is business process management. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is business process mapping software with impressive range of productivity features for business process management and classic project management. This business process management software is helpful for many purposes from different payment processes, or manufacturing processes to chemical processes. Business process mapping flowcharts helps clarify the actual workflow of different people engaged in the same process. This samples were made with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM — business process mapping software for flowcharting and used as classic visio alternative because its briefly named "visio for mac" and for windows, this sort of software named the business process management tools. This flowchart diagram shows a process flow of project management. The diagram that is presented here depicts the project life cycle that is basic for the most of project management methods. Breaking a project into phases allows to track it in the proper manner. Through separation on phases, the total workflow of a project is divided into some foreseeable components, thus making it easier to follow the project status. A project life cycle commonly includes: initiation, definition, design, development and implementation phases. Distinguished method to show parallel and interdependent processes, as well as project life cycle relationships. A flowchart diagram is often used as visual guide to project. For instance, it used by marketing project management software for visualizing stages of marketing activities or as project management workflow tools. Created with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM — business process mapping software which is flowcharting visio alternative or shortly its visio for mac, this sort of software platform often named the business process management tools.Process Flowchart
Picture: Process Flowchart
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Create Fishbone Diagrams with the ConceptDraw →

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM has the powerful tools for rapid drawing Fishbone diagrams and identifying many possible causes for an effect for problem solving. Causes can be grouped into major categories to identify these sources of variation. Easy create Fishbone diagrams with the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software and Fishbone Diagrams solution included to ConceptDraw Solution Park!Create Fishbone Diagrams with the ConceptDraw *
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