3 Free Fishbone Diagram Templates

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Michael Deutch

March 10, 2009

Use MindManager to create Ishikawa diagrams, also called ‘fishbone’ or ’cause and effect’ diagrams. These maps let you proactively look into the future and develop plans to mitigate potential issues before they occur. Created by Kaoru Ishikawa in the 1960s in the Kawasaki shipyards in Japan, these diagrams are considered one of the seven basic tools of quality management, along with the Affinity Diagrams.

Today, you have an opportunity to prevent problems! All you have to do is imagine that they have happened in the future, figure out why they would have happened, then do what it takes (in software, or organizationally) to prevent them. Here are three MindManager templates to help you get started.

The 6 M’s: Traditionally used by manufacturers, the 6 M’s are: Machine, Method, Materials, Maintenance, Man and Mother Nature (Environment). You can use these, or adjust your map (as seen below) to a more modern selection, which would be: Equipment, Process, People, Materials, Environment, and Management. Download this map template.


The 8 P’s: Used in administration, HR, and service industries, the 8 P’s are: Price, Promotion, People, Processes, Place/Plant, Policies, Procedures, and Product (or Service). Download this map template.


The 4 S’s: Another alternative for the service industry are the 4 S’s: Surroundings, Suppliers, Systems, and Skills. Download this map template.


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About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter

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