What is a Tree Diagram, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Tree Diagram
Tree Diagrams enable business leaders and managers to break down big ideas and concepts into finite levels of detail. The process of developing a Tree Diagram is most easily described as a way to systematically break down a complex process into its constituent parts.
Description of Tree Diagram Template
The Tree Diagram Template can be flexible based on what process, system or project is being analyzed. The flexibility of the system allows business leaders and managers to structure Tree Diagrams to fit the needs of their unique teams.
There are four main types of Diagram Trees, each with their own application:
- Cause and Effect Tree Diagram: To uncover root causes that cause a problematic effect and attempt to fix those causes.
- Y-to-X Tree Diagram: To identify inputs and factors (Xs) that drive important results (Ys).
- Functional Tree Diagram: To outline general and specific functions that are required to carry out a process which produces a product or service.
- Abstraction Tree Diagram: To break down and distill fragments of data to find themes and trends that are not evident through a top-down data analysis.
With any Tree Diagram, you would typically develop the structure of the diagram so that it reads left to right or top to bottom with the highest order items / most important concepts on the left (or top). In certain instances you would start with the “whys” on the left or top and then progress to the “hows” to the right or down. You may also start with “goals” on the left followed by “means” to achieving those goals outlined further down on the right. The key value of the Tree Diagram is to outline details related to an overarching problem, idea or project.
Tools & Templates
The tools and resources that leaders use to make the most of the Tree Diagram template are process maps and internal stakeholder interviews.
upBOARD's Online Tree Diagram Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional process checklists and problem solving models, upBOARD’s online Tree Diagram tool allows any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other business strategy best practice tools and templates, including:
2 X 2 Matrix, ADL Matrix, Affinity Diagrams, Baker’s 4 Strategies of Influence, Balanced Scorecard, Benchmarking, Blue Ocean Strategy, Bowman Strategy Clock, Build-Measure-Learn Feedback Loop, Business Model Canvas, CAGE Distance Framework, Competitive Analysis, Competitive Landscape Analysis, Contingency Planning, Core Competence Analysis, Critical Success Factors, Discovery Driven Planning, Economic Value Added, First Mover Advantage, Five Forces Model, Force Field Analysis, Gap Analysis, GE McKinsey 9-Box Matrix, Go To Market Strategy, Hambrick & Frederickson’s Strategy Diamond, Hedgehog Model, Hook Model of Behavioral Design, Hoshin Planning System, Kay’s Distinctive Capabilities Framework, Key Outcome Indicators, Kotler’s Five Product Levels Model, Kotler’s Pricing Strategies, Lafley & Martin’s Five Step Strategy Model, McKinsey 7S Model, McKinsey’s Seven Degrees of Freedom for Growth, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mission Statements, Mullin’s Seven Domains Model, OGSM Framework, Ohmae’s 3-C’s Model, Partner Relationship Management, PEST Analysis, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Diamond, Portfolio Management, Purpose Statements, Pyramid of Purpose, Scenario Planning, Simonson & Rosen’s Influence Mix, SMART Performance Metrics, SMARTER Goals, SOAR, Strategic Goals, Strategy Map, Strategy Roadmap, Strategy Uncertainty Map, SWOT Analysis, TOWS Matrix, Triple Bottom Line, USP Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, Value Disciplines Model, Value Net Model, Values Statement, Vision Statements, VRIO Analysis, and Weisbord’s Six-Box Model.