Automated Cause & Effect Diagram Software

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Easy Cause & Effect Diagrams and Root Cause Analysis

SmartDraw is absolutely the easiest way to make cause & effect diagrams and decision trees in just minutes. Simply select a cause and effect template, input your information, and SmartDraw does the rest, aligning everything automatically and applying professional design themes for professional-quality results every time.

Cause and Effect Diagram

See How to Make a Cause and Effect Diagram

Automated cause & effect diagrams in SmartDraw are easy—just open a blank template like this one

Cause and effect diagram template

Highlight the labels and type to add text. Add more cause or detail symbols with a click. SmartDraw automatically builds branches and realigns your diagram for you, keeping everything looking neat. Delete or move a cause, and SmartDraw reformats your diagram automatically so that everything is aligned perfectly

Delete cause

Add pictures, notes, documents, and hyperlinks in your diagram. Share your diagram with others using Dropbox®, Google Drive, OneDrive®, or SharePoint®. Export it to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PDF, or PowerPoint® with a single click

Intelligent formatting

Top reasons SmartDraw is ideal for creating cause and effect diagrams:

  • Intelligent Cause & Effect Formatting
    Click simple commands and SmartDraw builds your cause and effect diagram for you. Add or remove a cause and SmartDraw realigns and arranges all the elements so that your diagram continues to look great.
  • Quick-Start Fishbone Templates
    Dozens of professionally-designed cause and effect diagram examples will help you get started immediately. Simply choose the fishbone template that is most similar to your project, and customize it to suit your needs.
  • Free Support
    Got a question? Call or email us. SmartDraw experts are standing by ready to help, for free!
Cause and Effect Diagram Templates

Effortless Collaboration

You and your team can work on the same cause and effect diagram by sharing it on your included online account or by using your favorite file sharing apps like Dropbox®, Google Drive, Box® or OneDrive®. You can also share files with non SmartDraw users by simply emailing them a link

Smart collaboration

Smart Integration

Create cause and effect diagrams anywhere, from any device. Start at the office and pick up where you left off on the way to a meeting or conference.

Use SmartDraw on your computer, browser or mobile device—Windows®, Mac®, Android®, iOS®, or any other platform with an internet connection. Whether you're in the office or on the go, you'll enjoy the full set of features, symbols, and high-quality output you get only with SmartDraw.

You can easily insert your completed cause and effect diagram into any Microsoft Office® or G Suite app. Add your diagram to Word®, PowerPoint®, or Excel®. SmartDraw also integrates with apps in the Atlassian stack: Confluence and Jira.

SmartDraw integrates with the tools you use

Cause & Effect Diagram Examples

SmartDraw has dozens of fishbone examples and templates included to help you get started. Modify any existing example or start with a blank template and let SmartDraw help you build one in minutes.

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