Cause and Effect Diagram Template


This one-page Cause and Effect Diagram template helps identify the cause(s) of an event. It is constructed in table format, instead of a fishbone diagram, to facilitate conversion to multiple word processing technologies.

This Cause and Effect Diagram template is a project document that supports a user as he or she searches for potential causes of a specific event or problem. Note that this template is NOT developed as the traditional fishbone or Ishikawa Diagram. Instead, it is constructed in table format which makes it easy to edit and expand.

Our template is capable of supporting a wide range of project types and sizes. Specifically, it:

  • it begins with a section that captures relevant project information,
  • provides a content box to state the assumed cause of an event or problem,
  • provides content boxes for listing cause subcategories, and
  • provides a content area to describe the relevant effect.

Who Creates the Cause and Effect Diagram?

 Any member of the project team might complete this Cause and Effect  Diagram template. Frequently, cause and effect is analyzed in team meetings with the input of others.

What Are the Inputs?

There are numerous inputs to the development of a Cause and Effect Diagram and they most always revolve around the stated problem.

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