Category Archives: Creating Ideas

Relationship Mapping

Relationship Mapping

A Relationship Map is a visual display that shows the relationships between individual items. It allows to see and analyze the logical links between the different elements of any situation. A simple example of a relationship map is your network of personal and social relations. Another example is what is called the Interrelationship Digraph which is a visual display of the cause and effect relationships involved in a process or problem. Read more »

Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone Diagram

Sometimes it is difficult to spot problems and only symptoms will be acted on leaving the real causes intact. This indicates lack of information and poor understanding of the problem and leads usually to a weak solution. A Fishbone Diagram is often used to identify and organize the potential causes of a business problem in an easy and understandable format. It is used to identify the sources of process variation which caused the problem to occur. It is called this way because of its shape that looks like a fishbone. It is also called Ishikawa Diagram and Cause and Effect Diagram. Read more »

Flowcharting

Flowcharting

A Flowchart is a diagram that shows how the steps in a process fit together. It allows to break any process down into individual activities and illustrates the flow of the process as well as the relationships between its activities. Its simplicity makes it useful for understanding processes and finding flaws and inefficiencies for further problem-solving efforts. It is often used to provide a detailed view of how a process should be or what needs to happen. Read more »

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

A Mind Map is a tool that is used to visually organize ideas, thoughts and information. It is simply a collection of words and drawings that organizes thoughts and information around a single topic or problem. It is a nonlinear approach that reflects the way human beings think and organize information in their minds. It has many applications in personal, professional and educational situations. Read more »

Affinity Diagram

Affinity Diagram

There are many methods available to analyze and group the outputs of brainstorming and problem solving meetings in order to collect meaningful information. An affinity diagram (also known as KJ Analysis) helps categorize and organize a large number of fragmented uncertain information into logical cohesive groups. The goal is to create a limited number of groups which results in better idea selection or a problem that is better understood. Read more »

How-How Diagram

How-How Diagram

Once you have discovered why a problem occurs, you then need to find a permanent solution to the problem. In many cases, you don’t even need to analyze the root causes of a problem, you just need to solve the problem right away. These low hanging fruits may be quick wins or larger projects that may involve capital expenditure. Read more »