Fishbone Diagram Template in Excel


Making a diagram in Excel can be confusing, because Excel’s primary purpose is analyzing data, not creating visual documentation. Lucidchart offers a superior diagramming experience and lets you insert your diagram into Excel.

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What are Fishbone Diagrams?

Fishbone diagrams outline causes that can contribute to a potential effect. Typically, the effect is a problem; causes are listed and categorized to help project managers prevent the issue. This diagram is referred to as a fishbone because it’s shaped like one. The effect, or problem, is the fish’s head, while causes and categories make up the body. The standard categories for causes are Measurements, Materials, People, Machine, Methods, and Environment. However, depending on what your diagram is portraying, you can include other categories. Access a free template for a fishbone diagram below, then modify it with Lucidchart’s intuitive editing technology.

Note: You may also see fishbone diagrams referred to as “cause-and-effect diagrams” or “Ishikawa diagrams.”

How to Add a Fishbone Diagram in Excel

1. Download the MS Office Add-On if you haven’t already

2. Use a template like the one below or create a new fishbone diagram in Lucidchart.Use this guide to learn how to make a flowchart in Lucidchart if you need help getting started.

3. Open your Excel sheet, go to your Lucidchart Add-In.

4. Select your diagram from your list of Lucidchart documents and insert it into your Excel sheet.

fishbone diagram in excel Click this template to modify

If you want to learn more about creating fishbones with Lucidchart, check out our in-depth tutorial. If you’d like another free fishbone template, try our fishbone example page. It’s easy to make these diagrams your own; simply drag and drop elements to rearrange them. Several types of images, including JPGs, PNGs, and SVGs, can be uploaded for even more customization.