The fishbone diagram is a problem solving method which seeks to look at a problem holistically and ask at least 5 WHYs on why a problem is occurring. The key point for the fishbone model is to brainstorm and try to figure out at least 5-6 possible factors which may be causing the problem you face (For example, how to increase sales). To begin using the fishbone model, the entire project has to go through a few phrases. These phases include - Defining the problem - Thinking of at least 5 possible reasons the problem is occurring - Elaborating/expanding upon these 5 possible reasons - Choosing the reasons which are most likely to have an impact on your problem There are a few key benefits when using the fishbone model for problem solving - Help to find the root cause of a problem - Easy to understand as more important factors are placed closer to end of the fishbone diagram - Allows the entire group to brainstorm and find the various factors which are causing this problem Downsides to Fishbone Model - Takes time to understand the root causes of a problem - Not a good model to use if there is insufficient technical expertise Try using our diagramming software to make your own fishbone diagram now. This software is 100% free to use.