|“The fishbone diagram template forces the user to brainstorm all of the possible causes and weigh each of them, instead of focusing on one or two of the obvious.” – Wendy Schuchart|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is fishbone diagram, a useful tool for helping a team focus their conversation during a brainstorming session and pinpoint the root cause of a problem. Other popular brainstorming tools include:
PMI – brainstorming activity that encourages participants in a discussion to look at an idea from more than one viewpoint.
5 Whys – a guided team exercise for identifying the root cause of a problem by repeatedly asking the question “why?”
Six Hats – segments different aspects of a discussion into pre-defined parts called hats. Is especially useful for the reviewing the conclusions of a brainstorming session.
PICK – often used after brainstorming sessions to help an individual or group identify which ideas can be implemented easily and have a high payoff.