This Fishbone Root Cause Analysis Diagram can aid in brainstorming to identify potential causes of a problem and in categorizing ideas. A fishbone diagram is the graphical representation of cause and effect. It is a more structured approach than other tools for brainstorming problem causes (e.g., the Five Whys tool). The problem or impact is visible at the fish's head or mouth. The smaller "bones" list potential contributing causes under various cause categories. By directing your team to look at the types and think of alternative reasons, a Fishbone Root Cause Analysis Diagram can help identify possible causes for a problem that might not otherwise be considered.