Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Fishbone Diagram: Identifying Causes of Problems

The fishbone diagram is an tool for helping identify the causes of a problem. It can be used in a wide range of settings to do a thorough analysis of a problem.

To begin you identify and clearly state the problem you're analyzing. From there you create branches indicating categories of causes you want to look for. In the generic example above, you would try to identify what causes of the problem were personnel related, machine related, materials related and related to your methods.

Here's an example from U.S. Customs used to identify causes of delays in border crossings. 

Here's an example from education.