Business Problem Solving

The Unicist Fishbone Method to Find Root Causes

The Unicist Fishbone Method (UFM) is based on the original Fishbone developed by Kaoru Ishikawa. Conceptually, what Ishikawa developed was a method to manage the fundamentals of industrial processes.

Unicist Fishbone

The Ishikawa method was developed to allow people, who participated in the work processes, to develop their improvements.

Both the original Ishikawa method and the unicist fishbone method require that people have real experience in the field that is being analyzed.

The UFM was developed using the fundamentals of the operational concept of a business function and developing a fishbone approach in order to find the root causes that drive the functionality.

For example, we can consider the fundamentals of a project design process to find the root causes of the problems that allow improving such process.

Unicist FishboneThe fundamentals to be considered are: the value generation architecture, the conceptual design of the system, the conceptual design of the objects included in the system, the objects architecture, the quality assurance and the risk management.

These fundamentals need to be dimensioned in measurable entities. This implies that, although fundamentals work as fuzzy sets, their functional level needs to be dimensioned in order to define their influence on the functionality of a process.

Then they are organized as a fishbone diagram to allow the participants of a group to define the triggering and the root causes that need to be considered to improve processes.

The Unicist Fishbone Method includes the methodology to be used to find the root causes of the problems that allow improving processes.

To learn more, access a booklet on Unicist Continuous Improvement at:

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.