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How to Create a Fishbone (Ishikawa) Diagram Quickly

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How to Create a Fishbone (Ishikawa) Diagram Quickly

A Fishbone (Ishikawa) diagram is also called cause-and-effect diagram. Fishbone diagram is often used in business to determine the cause of some problem. The diagram illustrates the main causes and sub-causes leading to an event. The main goal of the Fishbone diagram is to illustrate in a graphical way the relationship between a given outcome and all the factors that influence this outcome. The complete diagram resembles a fish skeleton as its name implies. The ability to create a Fishbone Diagram is supported by the Fishbone Diagram solution. Use ConceptDraw MINDMAP for structuring data and then ConceptDraw PRO for generating a Fishbone Diagram from mind map structure. Read more

When To Use a Fishbone Diagram

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 PRO 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. Read more

Fishbone Diagram

The use of specific types of visual diagrams is effective way to problems solving and decisions making. Fishbone diagram is a graphical tool used for visual and systematical analyzing the relationships between the solved problem and causes affecting its occurrence. It has hierarchical structure and that's why is well-suited for capturing in a mind map for a process of reviewing what branch is a real root cause of a given issue. ConceptDraw Office products and PM solutions offered by ConceptDraw STORE give the powerful help in questions of planning and project management. ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw MINDMAP applications perfectly suit for designing professional-looking Fishbone Diagrams and allow effectively identify the root causes of quality issues using the Fishbone diagrams. The PM Response solution from the Project Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park is powerful for improvement the response time to project changes, helps with iteration planning, with solving project challenges and discussing project layout approaches. Read more

Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone diagram or Cause and Effect diagram resembles to the fish and is dedicated to representing of a single effect and multiple causes. Fishbone diagram is effective technique to determine the root causes and solve any problem or business task, identify the defects and eliminate them, detect the inefficiencies of a product or process, that's why Fishbone diagram is popular for using in business, product development, management, quality improvement, etc. It is well known that any problems begin from the head, so the first the Fishbone diagram includes the head that depicts a problem, task or question that is need to be analyzed. The bones on the fish body depict all causes, which contribute to the overall effect or a problem. Fishbone diagram is also sufficiently effective for visual organizing the causes that were defined during the brainstorming session. ConceptDraw MINDMAP application is a unique software with powerful capabilities of problem solving, holding brainstorming sessions, and drawing effective and professional-looking Fishbone diagrams. Read more

Think and act effectively

Many people who use mind mapping software for personal organizing find ConceptDraw MINDMAP sufficiently useful mind mapping tool in their business and daily life. Especially many positive responses receive ConceptDraw MINDMAP as cross platform tool to mind maps for Macintosh and Windows. Read more

What can you create with ConceptDraw MINDMAP? (for Macintosh)

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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. Read more

Relations Diagram

The Relations Diagram is used to identify how the factors influence each other, to determine what factors are causes and what are effects. The factors mostly influencing are called “drivers”, the primarily affected factors are “indicators”. The problem solving is focused on the change of "drivers" factors by applying the corrective actions. The "indicators" factors help establish the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor the changes and also define the effectiveness of the corrective actions in resolving a problem. ConceptDraw MINDMAP software ideally suits for designing Relations Diagrams. The easiest way to create the MINDMAP Relations Diagram, is to use the included Relations Diagram input template. Open it in ConceptDraw MINDMAP application from the Input tab and hold a new brainstorming session, identify the central issue and the contributing factors to this issue. Click the Finish Brainstorm button to generate a Mind Map and begin the further work with it, or select Relations Diagram item from the Output tab to automatically draw it in ConceptDraw PRO application. Read more

8 Step Problem Solving

Time by time the problems appear in any field of our life and activities, and we can't to escape this. Any problem always has a certain content, the reasons and the circle of involved people. But the main task of any human, any organization, any company that was faced with a problem, is not to get lost and vice versa confidently look for the ways of solving this problem. The first you need to clarify the problem's essence, then to breakdown your problem and set a target. The most responsible step is to identify the cause-effect relationship, because each problem has its own root causes, and their detection will allow qualitatively solve this problem and avoid the similar problems in a future. Then you need to develop the countermeasures to counter the root cause of the problem and to make sure in their effectiveness, that they lead to the desired results. And finally standardize successful processes. This Mind Map designed with help of ConceptDraw MINDMAP software represents step-by-step the 8 steps approach of solving any kind of product or service problems. Read more

Affinity Diagram

The Affinity Diagram, also known as a KJ diagram, is a business tool invented for organization the large quantity of ideas and data. It is a part of Seven Management and Planning Tools, it is usually used right after brainstorming to sort large numbers of ideas into the corresponding groups. The Affinity Diagram helps to represent in a better way the structure of large and complex factors which influence on a problem, divides these factors into the smaller and simpler structures, and helps team members to see the patterns and identify possible solutions to problems they have. The diagrams of this type don't show the causal relationships between the factors, but they are designed to prepare the data for holding further analysis of the cause-effect relationships. Another area of Affinity Diagram usage is contextual inquiry as a way to sort observations and notes from field interviews, support call logs, open-ended survey responses organizing, etc. ConceptDraw MINDMAP software offers you the tools for easy holding brainstorming, generation ideas and creation MINDMAP Affinity Diagram. Read more