What Is Fishbone Diagram?

Fishbone or Ishikawa diagrams were created in 1968 by Kaoru Ishikawa who was a Japanese Professor at the University of Tokyo and was famous for his inventions for quality management.

The fishbone diagram is a pictorial representation and categorization of possible known causes to a problem, usually gathered during brainstorming. The fishbone diagram is being used across several software and manufacturing organizations as a simple visualization tool to depict various potential causes to a problem. It provides a structured way to organize and represent data in a meaningful manner.

This technique can be used whenever there are many possible causes to a problem or whenever there is a need to identify causes to a complex problem. One can apply the fishbone diagram method in solving day-to-day problems as well. This technique is mostly conducted in a group with people from different fields of expertise. However, this method can also be used by an individual as a tool to structure one’s thoughts and identify root causes.

To learn more about Fishbone Diagram with examples, read my book, An Expert Guide to Problem Solving, available at Amazon.

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