Struggling to Create Fishbone Diagrams in Excel?

QI Macros can create Ishikawa fishbone diagrams for you in seconds

QI Macros installs on Excel's menu

To create a fishbone diagram:

1. Select fishbone on QI Macros menu
2. Enter your text into the template
3. Click "Create Fishbone"

QI Macros does the rest!

Steps to draw a fishbone diagram in seconds using QI Macros

Input your text into the template

5 whys template

Click Create Fishbone

create fishbone diagram button

Your fishbone will appear in seconds

fishbone diagram excel template


QI Macros is a fantastic tool. It allows me to do things that once took 30-60 minutes down to 2-3 minutes. It's also very user-friendly and easy to operate.

- Wade Johnson, Carlson Craft Business Solutions

Larger View of the Fishbone Diagram that QI Macros Creates

fishbone diagram in Excel

NOTE: If you end up with too many bones, you may be doing a "Whalebone" diagram.

This means that the problem wasn't stratified enough using Pareto charts, and it is recommended to re-evaluate and narrow your focus. Once you have done so, use the Outline Medium/Fishbone Medium to perform your Root Cause Analysis.

Updating and Sharing Your Fishbone is Just as Easy!

To revise the Fishbone: go back to the input tab and update your text, then click "Create Fishbone" again.

To copy and share your fishbone to PowerPoint or Word: Click on the "Copy" button, then paste the fishbone diagram as either a picture or drawing object. Pictures are static. Drawing objects can be revised.

To check the logic in your fishbone, click on the Check 5 Whys Logic button.

check logic

Watch this video for a more detailed demo of the automated fishbone diagram

Beautiful, we love the program. It's exactly what we were looking for. Thank you.

- Debra Shank, Georgetown Memorial Hospital

Small Fishbone Diagram

If you open the Fishbone Diagram template and select the "Fishbone Small" tab:

Image of Small Fishbone Template Tab

You will need to update the diagram manually, as this Fishbone Diagram is NOT automated - only the "Outline Medium" and "Outline Large" Fishbone Diagrams are automated:

Image of Small Fishbone Diagram

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