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Cause and effect diagrams

I have tested to use NoLimit-app in another way than just working with my personal goals. The app is built on Total Quality Management and the heart is the cause and effect diagram (fishbone diagram) in the dashboard. I have now started to use the app for our business development, just rethinking the 6 different focus areas. This has given us total control over the tasks, milestones, and impacts on our development of NoLimit as a business.

Dashboard personal developmentHow to create and use the cause and effect diagram:

  1. Agree on the goal (effect).
  2. Brainstorm the major categories of reaching your goal. For example:
    • Methods
    • Equipment
    • Knowledge
    • Finances
    • Marketing strategy
    • Environment
  3. Brainstorm all the possible solutions and tasks you need to set (causes).

 

Fishbone diagrams for problem-solving

Fishbone (Ishikawa) diagram is a cause and effect diagram that is often used in an approach to problem-solving. The fishbone helps to visualize many potential causes for a specific problem or effect. The best thing is that you get the total picture of your situation and you can work on tasks that will give impact.

If you do not have the whole picture, you easily start on the most obvious problems, the symptoms. If you have thought things through, hopefully by using the app, you can focus on the root causes and set tasks.

Background

The cause and effect diagram was adopted by Dr. W Edwards Deming as a helpful tool for improving quality. Dr. Deming has been teaching total quality management in Japan since World War II. He has also helped develop statistical tools used for the census and has taught methods of quality management to the military. Both Ishikawa and Deming use this diagram as one the first tools in the quality management process.