Using Fishbone Diagrams for Problem Solving

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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 PRO 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.

Fishbone Diagrams Solution in ConceptDraw STORE

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 PRO to draw Ishikawa diagrams for effective problem solving.

Fishbone Diagram - Inability to Meet Project Deadlines

Example 3. Fishbone Diagram - Inability to Meet Project Deadlines

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO v9.5 or later users.

Use Product:

  • Cause and Effect Diagram Software
  • Management Diagrams Software
  • Marketing Charts Software
  • Business Diagramming Tool
  • Professional Technical Diagramming Tool
  • Professional Business Graphics Tool
  • For Mac® & Windows®
  • ConceptDraw PRO native Mac app
  • Easier to use than Microsoft Visio® and more powerful
  • With free support and thousands of templates
  • Brainstorming
  • Project planning
  • Meeting Management
  • Creating Presentations
  • Creating Reports
  • Communicating with Teams

Use Solution:

  • Design Fishbone Diagrams
  • Develop Ishikawa Diagram
  • Illustration causes and effects
  • Fishbone problem solving
  • Cause and effect analysis
  • Fishbone Diagram templates, samples and examples
  • Design elements for Fishbone Diagrams creating
  • Import/Export Microsoft Visio™
  • Export to graphics files and PDF
  • Export to PPT™
  • Make Presentation

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Microsoft® Windows® 7/8.1/10

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