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Need a fishbone diagram template in Word? Learn how to make fishbone diagrams in Microsoft Word, or access a free Lucidchart template that’s easy to edit.

Creating Fishbone Diagrams in Word

Fishbone diagrams show the different causes that contribute to an effect. Typically, this effect is a problem that project managers want to circumvent. So listing each potential cause, as well as the category it falls under, is helpful for improving processes and preventing problems. All kinds of industries use fishbone diagrams, from healthcare to engineering.

This brief tutorial explains how to make a fishbone diagram template in Microsoft Word 2013. If you’d rather save time and use an existing template, scroll down to find out how to insert a free Lucidchart template into your Word document.

How to Make a Fishbone Diagram in Word

1. Open a Microsoft Word document.

2. Go to the Insert tab and select the Shapes menu.

3. For your first shape, choose a line with an arrow and draw it in the center of your document.

4. Add a rectangle next to your arrow line and label it with the central problem statement.

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5. Add lines without arrows jutting out from the central line. For each category you choose to include, there should be one line extending from the central line. It may be helpful to have rectangles or bubbles at the ends of these lines to identify them as categories.

6. Add additional lines coming out from each category line. Each line should be labeled with a potential cause of the central problem. When you draw a line in Word, it will give you an opportunity to draw a text box next to it.

7. Once you’ve finished labeling causes with text boxes, you are ready to save your fishbone diagram. You can also leave it blank and save it as a template.

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How to Import a Lucidchart Fishbone Diagram into Word

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

2. Access this fishbone diagram template in Lucidchart, or choose another template that suits your needs.

3. Create a flowchart in Lucidchart.Use this guide to learn how to make a flowchart in Lucidchart if you need help getting started.

4. Open your Word doc, go to your Lucidchart Add-In.

5. Select the flowchart you want to add to your doc from your list of diagram documents.

If you ever want to update your diagrams, you can select the diagram you wish to update and click the "Edit" button. This allows you to hop right into the Lucidchart editor to update your flowchart. Then when you're finished, re-open your Lucidchart add-in and your updated chart will display as an option to insert into your Word document.

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