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I would say there’s no maximum, but in terms of a minimum, remember that the objective is to have a Fishbone Diagram that is “fuzzy with bones.” That means you should push to come up with as many as possible. If the Fishbone looks too weak to support a fish, then I’d get a new group of people in to do a second round of brainstorming. I hope that helps!

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.