Another great way to organize your ideas around a rout-cause or cause & effect puzzle in a structured way is the Ishikawa diagram, aka the Fishbone diagram because of its shape. It is a more structured way than just asking yourself why 5 times. You can use this in team to flesh out the reasons behind a problem in front of a whiteboard or you can make it by yourself to organize your thoughts about the causes of a problem.
Pre-filledFor some problem areas certain categories have been proposed in the past:
- transactional categories
- Manufacturing categories
- Mother Natrue (aka Environment)
- Man Power (aka Personnel)