Overheard: Word of the Day

Oct 5 2012   2:59PM GMT

Word of the Day – fishbone diagram definition

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“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.

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