Fishbone diagram maker
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How to make a fishbone diagram
Select a template to customize or draw a main line from scratch
Create a horizontal line in the center of your canvas, pointing to the right. This line will act as the “spine” of your fishbone diagram.
Identify the problem
Identify the effect you want to analyze and write it as a problem statement in a box to the right of the center horizontal line.
Create branches from the main arrow for the categories of causes
Identify the major categories of potential causes (such as machines, methods, environment, etc.) and create branches above and below the main arrow line stemming from the problem. Place these categories as headings at the end of these main branches.
Add branches to each category for related causes
Record all possible causes alongside their related category branch. If possible, generate deeper levels of causes by branching any sub-causes from their related causes.
Analyze and assess
Analyze each idea and search for root causes. Review each cause, collectively agree which options should be eliminated, and then prioritize the remaining causes for deeper analysis.