Fishbone Diagram

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Fishbone (Ishikawa) diagram is a cause and effect diagram that is often used in a team approach to problem solving and brainstorming. The fishbone helps to visualize many potential causes for a specific problem or effect. It is particularly useful for situations in which little quantitative data is available for analysis and you can only rely on your team experience.

RealtimeBoard simple template allows you create a Fishbone Diagram online and collaborate with your team in real-time. To build a fishbone, you can start with stating the problem in the form of a question, such as “Why is user retention so low?” Pointing it as a “why” question will help in brainstorming, as each root cause idea should answer the question. The team should agree on the statement of the problem and then place this question in a box at the “head” of the fishbone.

Common uses of the Ishikawa diagram are product design and quality defect prevention to identify potential factors causing an overall effect. Causes are usually grouped into groups or categories, which can include:

People: Anyone involved with the process.
Methods: Policies, procedures, rules, regulations and laws.
Machines: Computers, tools, etc. required to accomplish the job.
Materials: Raw materials, parts, pens, paper, etc. used to produce the final product.
Measurements: Data generated from the process that are used to evaluate its quality.
Environment: The conditions, such as location, time, temperature, and culture in which the process operates.

The rest of the fishbone then consists of one line drawn across the page, attached to the problem statement, and several lines, or “bones,” coming out vertically from the main line.
Tip: Use color coding to see different groups of ideas at one glance.
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