Fishbone Diagram

A problem-solving tool that uses a graphic description of the various process elements to analyze potential sources of variation, or problems. The Diagram itself resembles (somewhat) the skeleton of a fish.

Comments: Fishbone Diagrams help people begin to visualize the relationships between the various aspects of simple or complex problems. They are particularly helpful to people who prefer to solve problems using visual and written information.

Even newly formed teams can use Fishbone Diagrams to help resolve unfamiliar problems.