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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...

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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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Fishbone Diagram Problem Solving →

The Ishikawa diagram, Cause and Effect diagram, Fishbone diagram — all they are the names of one and the same visual method for working with causal connections. Originally invented by Kaoru Ishikawa to control the process quality, the Ishikawa diagram is well proven in other fields of management and personal scheduling, events planning, time management. It is a chart in the form of a fish, whose head is a problem, the fins are variants for its causes. To design easily the Fishbone diagram, you can use a special ConceptDraw DIAGRAM vector graphic and diagramming software which contains the powerful tools for Fishbone diagram problem solving offered by Fishbone Diagrams solution for the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.Fishbone Diagram Problem Solving *
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A flowchart is a simple but very functional tool when it comes to understanding a workflow or to removing unnecessary stages from a process. When drawing flowcharts, keep in mind that there are four common types of flowcharts, like document flowcharts and data flowcharts that show control over a data or document flow over a system. To show controls on a physical level, use system flowcharts. In addition, to show controls in a program, you can draw a program flowchart. This flowchart diagram represents the piece of an article editing process, that involves the author and editor. It was created using the Basic Flowchart notation that consists from the basic flowchart symbols. The start and the end of the process are indicated with "Terminator" symbols. The "Process" symbols show the action steps consisting from making edits and searching for a compromise, when the author does not agree with the suggestions of the editor. The "Process" symbol is the general symbol in process flowcharts. The "Decision" symbol indicates a branching in the process flow. There are two branches indicated by a Decision shape in the current flowchart (Yes/No, Disagree/Agree). This basic flowchart can be used as a repeating unit in the workflow diagram describing the working process of some editorial office.Types of Flowcharts *
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Fishbone Software Tools for Design Element →

Cause and Effect diagram (Ishikawa diagram or Fishbone diagram) software helps you to show in one diagram the factors of Equipment, People, Process, Environment, Management and Materials, which all in general affect the overall problem and gives the base for the further analysis. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is perfect software for designers and software developers who need to create Fishbone diagrams. You will get a simple problem-analysis tool - Fishbone software tools for design element to easy construct specific diagrams and identify many possible causes for an effect to attack complex problem solving.Fishbone Software Tools for Design Element *
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8 Step Problem Solving →

This mind map shows 8 steps approach to solving any kind of product or service problems.8 Step Problem Solving *
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Fishbone Diagram Template →

A causal model is an abstract concept, that describes the causal mechanisms of a system, by noting certain variables and their influence on each other, in an effort to discover the cause of a certain problem or flaw. This model is presented in diagram form by using a fishbone diagram. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software enhanced with Fishbone Diagrams solution helps you create business productivity diagrams from Fishbone diagram templates and examples, that provide to start using of the graphic method for the analysis of problem causes. Each predesigned Fishbone Diagram template is ready to use and useful for instantly drawing your own Fishbone Diagram.Fishbone Diagram Template *
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ERD Symbols and Meanings →

A database is a data collection, structured into some conceptual model. Two most common approaches of developing data models are UML diagrams and ER-model diagrams. There are several notations of entity-relationship diagram symbols and their meaning is slightly different. Crow’s Foot notation is quite descriptive and easy to understand, meanwhile, the Chen notation is great for conceptual modeling. An entity relationship diagrams look very simple to a flowcharts. The main difference is the symbols provided by specific ERD notations. There are several models applied in entity-relationship diagrams: conceptual, logical and physical. Creating an entity relationship diagram requires using a specific notation. There are five main components of common ERD notations: Entities, Actions, Attributes, Cardinality and Connections. The two of notations most widely used for creating ERD are Chen notation and Crow foot notation. By the way, the Crow foot notation originates from the Chen notation - it is an adapted version of the Chen notation.ERD Symbols and Meanings
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Cisco switches and hubs deliver the best performance, and often used as network solutions for small businesses, enterprises, data centers. Cisco switches are the core interconnect devices of each computer network. The numerous Cisco switches specifically designed for various applications. Network switches are separated for two types: fixed configuration and modular switches. The fixed configuration switches deprecate swapping or adding another module, and vice versa for modular switch.Cisco Switches and Hubs. Cisco icons, shapes, stencils and symbols
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Seven Basic Tools of Quality — Quality Control →

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software extended with Seven Basic Tools of Quality solution from the Quality area of ConceptDraw Solution Park provides effective tools for quality control and helps design any types of quality-related diagrams.Seven Basic Tools of Quality — Quality Control *
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