Fishbone Diagram Maker

Evaluate Issues Faster with Root Cause Analysis

Collaborate on root cause analysis, brainstorm ideas or improve processes with fishbone analysis tools designed for teams.

  • Customizable fishbone diagram templates
  • Real-time collaboration for group brainstorming
  • Link to documents, spreadsheets, & reports for further analysis
Fishbone Diagram Maker
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How to make a Fishbone Diagram?


Quickly Understand Causes and Effects of a Problem

Quickly Understand Causes and Effects of a Problem
  • Multiple fishbone diagram templates for different industries and scenarios.

  • Add causes and effects with automatic drawing.

  • Highlight important issues with customizable styling and easy text formatting.

Quickly Understand Causes and Effects of a Problem
Centralize All Information

Centralize All Information

Centralize All Information
  • Connect your existing tools and workflows with powerful integrations.

  • Add notes and attachments to each cause.

  • Open documents and spreadsheets within the app itself.

  • Discuss, evaluate and prioritize categories and potential causes from one central point.


Find Solutions Collaboratively

Find Solutions Collaboratively
  • Collaborate in real-time with Microsoft Teams, Slack or Zoom.

  • Real-time cursors for all participants.

  • Easily follow up and assign tasks by adding comments, notes and mentioning people.

Find Solutions Collaboratively
What is a Fishbone Diagram Maker?

What is a Fishbone Diagram Maker?

The fishbone diagram is a diagram that shows the possible causes of a specific event or a problem. They were first introduced by Kaoru Ishikawa in 1968, which is why they are sometimes referred to as Ishikawa diagrams. Fishbone diagrams are widely used in quality management to identify root causes of problems.

How to Create a Fishbone Diagram Online in Creately with Your Team?

  1. Identify the problem

As the first step in creating and collaborating around a fishbone diagram, identify the problem you want to solve. Make sure the problem is well-defined.

  1. Next, put together a team

Invite colleagues from different departments who are knowledgeable about the problem. They should be able to offer different perspectives on the issue. Send the team members an email invite or share the workspace link to collaborate on Creately’s infinite canvas. Make sure that they have the necessary permissions to edit or comment.

  1. Identify the main categories

Discuss and identify the categories to organize the potential causes of the problem with the team and/or stakeholders. For example, some common categories include people, processes, equipment, materials, and environment.

  1. Create the fishbone diagram

Select a fishbone diagram template from the Creately template section or create your own. Draw the basic structure of the fishbone diagram, including the head (the problem statement) and the spine (the categories). Using Creately’s configurable color themes, you can quickly differentiate between causes and effects for easier analysis.

  1. Start your analysis

Working collaboratively, brainstorm and list the potential causes of the problem under each category. Use Creately’s whiteboarding tools and real-time cursors for any number of participants to stay on top of the discussion and note down important points. Encourage the team to think outside-the-box and consider all possible causes.

  1. Review and prioritize

Review the list of causes and analyze each one with insights from team members. Dot vote to determine the most likely root causes of the problem and prioritize. Attach the identified causes as sub-branches to the main branches.

  1. Investigate further

Referring to the diagram you have created, do a deeper investigation of the major and minor causes.

  1. Create an action plan

Once you have identified the root cause, create an action plan outlining your strategy to overcome the problem. Assign tasks and track the progress. Monitor the results to determine their effectiveness in resolving the problem.

Create Your Fishbone Diagram Online with Editable Templates

Fishbone Diagram for Root Cause Analysis

Fishbone Diagram for Root Cause Analysis

Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone Diagram

Cause and Effect Template for Design Thinking

Cause and Effect Template for Design Thinking

Cause and Effect Diagram

Cause and Effect Diagram

FAQs About the Fishbone Diagram Maker in Creately

What is an Ishikawa diagram?
The fishbone diagram is also referred to as an Ishikawa diagram. Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, a Japanese quality control expert, first introduced the fishbone diagram to help address not just the symptoms of larger problems but to identify the actual root and cause. Fishbone or Ishikawa diagrams are also called cause and effect diagrams.
How can I share the fishbone diagram maker with others?

Click on the ‘share’ button on the left hand corner of the workspace, insert email in the ‘invite collaborators’ section and click invite. You can also copy and share the embed link through the ‘embed’ panel.

If you want to share a hard copy of the fishbone diagram maker, simply save as a PDF, then print and share!

How can I start drawing the fishbone diagram maker online?
You can select a fishbone diagram template from Creately’s readily available set of templates or you can simply create your own in the infinite canvas. Customize the fishbone diagram the way you want with easy-to-use text, style and color formatting tools.
How is a fishbone diagram maker used?
The fishbone diagram maker is an ideal tool to discover the cause-and-effect to get to the root of a problem. You can identify imperfections, defects, variations or even failures through the fishbone diagram. It is a great tool to prevent quality related problems and troubleshoot issues even before they start.
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