Fishbone diagram maker

Create fishbone diagrams online with Cacoo

See all causes and factors at a glance

Using experience and data, you can lay out all of the potential causes of a problem and prioritize them by importance.

Find the root cause of issues

Rather than addressing symptoms, get to the bottom of problems to address them where they start.

Brainstorm solutions and anticipate effects

Visually analyze solutions to anticipate the effects of any changes.

Cacoo makes it easy to create fishbone diagrams online

Use fishbone diagram templates to get to work right away

The Fishbone Diagram — also known as a "cause and effect diagram" or an Ishikawa Diagram after its inventor, Kaoru Ishikawa — helps you quickly find the root causes of problems and brainstorm solutions.

  • Fishbone diagram templates
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Shareable diagrams

Collaborate with anyone in real-time

Create, edit, and chat about your fishbone diagrams, together.

  • Multi-user editing
  • In-app video & chat
  • Comments on diagrams
  • Activity notifications

Present and share your work

Share your fishbone diagrams with others.

  • Presentation mode
  • Screen Share
  • Shared folders
  • Public diagram links
  • Exporting (SVG, PDF, and more)
  • Embeddable diagram viewer

Keep files organized and secure

Keep fishbone diagrams organized with shared project folders.

  • Team management
  • Security settings
  • Groups for easy access
  • Guest access

How to make a fishbone diagram


Gather information from each touchpoint

You'll need to understand steps, key decisions, resources, documents, and people needed from start to finish.


Select a template or start a blank diagram

Plot out your start and end point, then fill in everything in between ensuring each touchpoint is accounted for.


Assess your diagram to find the root cause of effects

Start from the unwanted effect you're experiencing. Determine what role (if any) each factor you pinpointed plays in contributing to that outcome.


Brainstorm solutions

Once you understand the contributing factors, brainstorm solutions. Then try plugging them in to see if they solve the issue completely, partially solve it, or create new issues.


Collaborate and share

Get feedback from others, make any necessary edits, and share with the right people once it's finalized.

Use our fishbone diagram templates to get started

Or create your own from scratch.

Fishbone Diagram Template
Fishbone Diagram Template
Fishbone Diagram Template
Fishbone Diagram Template
Blank Fishbone Diagram Template
Blank Fishbone Diagram Template
Blank Fishbone Diagram Template
Blank Fishbone Diagram Template

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